Koltai, Ralph (5 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 5: RK speculates on collapse of prosecution case against Krupp; participates in Nuremberg War Crimes Trial. Anecdote about David Edgar's play Speer directed by Trevor Nunn. Remarks on RK's photographs taken in Nuremberg of prosecution and defence including Sir Norman Birkett, Justice Lawrence, Airey Neave, David Maxwell Fife [DMF], Sir Hartley Shawcross, Khaki Roberts. Recalls details of time in Nuremberg; mentions Di Travis' work on realia for exhibitions on RK's career. Describes his task in Nuremberg, including co-operation with American Library. Refers to getting access to British Press and RK's attachment to Intelligence Corps; mentions DMF's lecture on 17th century battle and his formidable interrogation skills. Anecdote relating to RK's acquisition of tennis rackets from Heinrich Hummer via Sports Gunter; RK's ruse to attain officer status. RK's relationship with a Major Wormser and anecdote about procuring Leica camera.

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

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