Bor, Walter (11 of 29) National Life Stories Collection: Architects' Lives
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Interviewee's home, London
Bor, Walter, 1916-1999 (speaker, male)
Brodie, Louise (speaker, female)
Part 11: Walter Bor [WB] Discovered flat in Prague bombed, spent days looking for parents and sister. Haunted look of concentration camp victims. Finally told of death of mother and sister in Auschwitz and of father’s death. Given family correspondence by uncle, saved by his non-Jewish wife. Darkest moment in his life along with wife’s mental illness. Escaped into work, desire to qualify. Return to work in East End. Atlee’s far reaching progressive legislation. Importance of 1947 Town and Country Planning Act. At LCC, Arthur Ling called meeting to implement Abercrobie Plan of 1943, details. Sociologist employed to look at social structure. No understanding of post-war economy so negative zoning approach to industry. Ignored changing circumstances. More on Abercrombie, no precedent, learnt on the job. London should have been modified by good planning but did not develop in this way. London skyline ruined, now irreversible. Against planning as seen as Soviet style. WB’s meteoric rise within LCC.