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Olins, Wally. (4 of 19). The Oral History of Wolff-Olins

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  • Recording date

    2001-11-05, 2001-12-14

  • Is part of (Collection)

    Oral History of Wolff Olins

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home, Reading

  • Interviewees

    Olins, Wally, 1930-2014 (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Roberts, Melanie (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 4 :Wally Olins [WO] describes his early passion for all forms of travel as well as his excellence in running. Talks about the mismatch between himself and schools even though clever, returning to how his interest in cars went on developing throughout the teenage years. Describes going to the Perse Boarding School aged nine, going on to Highgate School. Talks about going to a Jewish kindergarten attached to the Synagogue and learning about the Empire. More childhood memories including visiting an aerodrome, Dressmakers visiting the house and being briefly evacuated to Brighton before going to the Perse in Cambridge. WO describes his experience of the blitz including going to an emergency school, as well as his parents knowledge of Nazi activities. WO describes the fate of Jews fleeing to Palestine from Europe in the late forties and how this was reflected in anti-Semitism in Britain at this time.

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