Goldfinger, Peter (8 of 33) National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives
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Goldfinger, Peter, 1933- (speaker, male)
Courtney, Cathy (speaker, female)
Part 8: Birth of PG’s sister, Liz. PG and L to Canada aged 6 and 3, 1940, with Byron House School. Leonora Williams, mistress from school organised evacuation to Canada. Details of journey to Canada. Adrian and Diana Fox, among the approx 15 school children who went with PG to Canada. PG’s patriotism; was taught to be passionately anti-German. EG and UG’s response to 1956 and Hungary. EG had Communist Party as client, built their headquarters and Daily Worker building, but never joined CP. PG’s memories of scratching hammer and sickle at Willow Road. Would go to Russian films with EG after the War. Gradual change in awareness of what was happening in USSR. PG’s visit to USSR in late 1980s. EG had known chief architect in Moscow, Rogene who showed PG and his wife around. EG and UB passionately against Fascism and, therefore, pro-Communism. PG’s attitude to Germany now. Was influenced to be anti-Japanese during wartime in north America; now has Japanese friends. Memories of arrival in Canada and first months there. Children and staff lived in house in Ottawa for at least a year, details. Memories of summer holidays in north America. Andy Richards, PG’s best friend.