Elsom, Cecil. (1 of 10). National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives

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    1997-01-28 and 1997-02-13 and 1997-02-25

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    Interviewee's home.

  • Interviewees

    Elsom, Cecil, 1912- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Brodie, Louise, (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 1: Cecil Elsom's [CE] family background in Poland and Latvia; his father's escape to England from Tsarist conscription; his father's and mother's tailoring business in East London; description of their house and family life; relatives in Russia and Denmark and destruction of family in Holocaust; father's work during First World War and internment during Second World War; CE's visit to relatives in Latvia; father's tailoring business in Poole during Second World War; father's remarriage, and religious nature of the household; CE's father's naturalisation, his mother's mental health, and father's political views; relationships within the family. CE's education at Upton Cross Council School; religious observance of the family.

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