Koltai, Ralph (1 of 28)  An Oral History of Theatre Design

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  • Recording date

    2002-08-23, 2002-11-06, 2003-01-09, 2003-02-27, 2003-05-

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    Interviewee's home, London

  • Interviewees

    Koltai, Ralph 1924- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    O'Ryan, Lydia (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 1: Ralph Koltai's [RK] Rumanian/Hungarian family background (father Alfred Koltai, mother Charlotte Weinstein). Remarks on lack of family life, reasons for father [AK] leaving Berlin and eventually settling in Brussels, his use of ozone for medical purposes. Anecdote about parental row involving RK wearing a bracelet. Significance of Christmas celebration; RK's schooling, including attendance at Jewish school with which he still maintains connection. Mentions 'Insel der Geborgenheit' (The Sanctuary) which is history of this school. Background to attempts to get RK out of Germany. Refers briefly to being present during Kristalnacht. Sojourn at 28 Frognal Lane, Hampstead with Berthile Rosenthal; RK's continuing desire to maintain contact with those he encounters.

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    Life story interview with Ralph Koltai (1924-), theatre designer.

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