Bor, Walter (9 of 29) National Life Stories Collection: Architects' Lives

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    Interviewee's home, London

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    Bor, Walter, 1916-1999 (speaker, male)

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    Brodie, Louise (speaker, female)

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    Part 9: Walter Bor [WB] Moved around Britain ending up at base camp on Isle of Wight. Landed in France, winter offensive. WB became Liaison Officer interrogating prisoners at Dunkirk. Was also the company artist, doing charicatures. Discusses bravura attack on factory resulting in loss of life and casualties. Liberation of Prague by Vlassov’s army, WB demobilised. Returned to ruined flat in Prague, parents had disappeared so homeless. Political situation in Prague. Story of professor who refused to give up his Jewish wife. WB recalled by telegram with information that wife was seriously ill with incurable schizophrenia in Royal Bethlem Hospital, details. Recounts breakdown after birth of son, Michael. Child sent to St Christopher’s Nursery in Tunbridge Wells. Had to return to Prague to qualify then back to England in 1946 where worked as architect’s assistant in Westminster. Signed up for ex-servicemen’s course in Town Planning run by AA at UCL.

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