Bor, Walter (5 of 29) National Life Stories Collection: Architects' Lives
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Bor, Walter, 1916-1999 (speaker, male)
Brodie, Louise (speaker, female)
Part 5: Walter Bor [WB] His architectural studies. Choice of three institutions, Technical High School, Academy and Arts and Crafts School. Chose the latter, directed by eminent architect, Novotny. Czech architecture and Cubism. N’s 1930s building. Manes, an uncompromising modern building, an art centre. Great outcry at time but now a treasured example of the period. Details of his training, including urban design. Political situation after Munich, WB worked on farm. German entry into Prague in March 1939 and occupation of public buildings. Catholic Slovaks with fascist doctrines declared independence aided by Hitler who then took over whole of Bohemia as protectorate. WB’s anti-fascist articles and the graphic story of his fortuitous escape with exit visa and medical certificate to Genoa, details. Strange normality of Prague. His farewell to parents and sister, the last time he saw them.