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Wolff, Michael (1 of 24) Oral History of Wolff Olins.
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2001-08-23; 2001-09-11; 2001-09-18; 2001-11-07
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Oral History of Wolff Olins
Recording location: Interviewee's home, London and Wolff Olins offices, London
Wolff, Michael 1933-, (speaker, male Design Consultant)
Roberts, Melanie (speaker, female)
Part 1; Tape 1 (F9867) Side A : Born 12th November 1933 in London. Gives Russian family background - father Serge Wolff, Mother Mary; both families dispersing after the Revolution. Describes social and family background for father and mother. Recalls early memories of being evacuated to school in Devon. Talks about first memories including childhood experience and visual images. Recalls mother's resentment of changed circumstances as from wealthy family. Describes father's work life as simultaneous translator for the BBC during wartime. Talks about family politics including stepfather being very left wing. Expands on religion as well as his shock at finding parents were Jewish. Early experience of death at school.
Interviewee note: Father's occupation: translator for BBC