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Olins, Wally. (2 of 19). The Oral History of Wolff-Olins
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Olins, Wally, 1930-2014 (speaker, male)
Roberts, Melanie (speaker, female)
Part 2: Wally Olins [WO] continues talking about Jewishness in relation to anti-Semitism, Philip Roth, and the process of assimilation in Britain. Returns to his early alienated experience of both Jewish and Christian religions as well as the difference in his brother's approach. Talks about his parents being conventionally conservative but relatively indifferent to politics. Describes family life including their being relatively well off, car owners, good size house, but home being 'a cheerless establishment'. Gives details of furniture etc. Talks about early reading including history as well as the development of his interest in industrial design. Goes on to describe war experience including being in London during the blitz.