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Schroder, Bruno (2 of 13) National Life Stories: City Lives
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1992 to 1994
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Interviewee's office, London
Schroder, Bruno, 1933-, (speaker, male)
Courtney, Cathy, 1954- (speaker, female)
Part 2 (tape 1 side B): Siblings of BS's father, Dorothy, Bruni, Margo and Helmut (father). Further details of stealing Eton silver. Bruni Schroder was in Germany when WWI broke out, joined German army and disappeared on Russian front. Baron Bruno Schroder went to country during WWI and didn't come up to London office until afterwards. BS never talked German at home. Grandparents totally integrated into Britain. Schroders did a lot of business with Germany between wars, good contacts; during hyper inflation of Weimar Republic, international trade done in sterling in London, details. Firm grew from 200 to 700 staff. Relationship between Schroder and Kleinwort families, great friends, details. Gillian Kleinwort at Oxford with BS and they became great friends. Kenneth Kleinwort at Eton with BS, his son is BS's godson. Kleinwort daughter married David Peake whom BS had brought into Schroders and then went to Kleinworts. Top level of merchant banking has off-the-record conversations going on at top strategic level all the time. BS's memories of Cyril and Ernest Kleinwort and their families. Baron Bruno Schroder's great colleague was Frank Tiarks, Tiarks family partners of Schroder family for three generations. Frank Tiarks a formidable person with high intellect, a great innovator and ideas man, tower of strength. 1930s crash effect on Schroders. Baron Bruno Schroder deeply religious person, Lutheran - details. BS went to church every Sunday, still does. BS's father was Anglican. Herman Abs a trainee with Schroders - Abs' role in Standstill Agreement. Visits to grandfather's house as a child. In 1937 BS's father bought estate in Scotland, BS and sister virtually brought up there. Details of life in Scotland with friends sent there to avoid bombing - five nannies and thirteen children. BS to local school in Scotland. BS's father not allowed to join forces because was told had to run the bank, joined Home Guard and was corporal under command of his chauffeur.
Interview with Bruno Schroder, non-executive director of Schroders.