Merrick, Frank (Oral history)

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  • 381
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  • whole: Duration 60, Number Of Items 4
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  • object name: Oral history
  • object category: IWM interview


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British absolutist conscientious objector imprisoned in Wormwood Scrubs and Wandworth Prisons in London, GB, 1916-1918

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REEL 1 Background in GB and Vienna, Austria, 1887-1916: family; musical career in Vienna, Austria; influences on personal pacifism. Recollections of period as absolutist conscientious objector imprisoned in Wormwood Scrubs and Wandsworth Prisons in London, GB, 1916-1919: learning Esperanto; prison silence rule; attitudes of warders; family and public attitudes towards conscientious objectors; pre-war political and social views. REEL 2 Continues: relationship between conscientious objection, vegetarianism and Esperanto; method of keeping mind active in prison; life in Wormwood Scrubs and Wandsworth Prisons; mens' activities with women’s suffrage movement; memories of other conscientious objectors in prison. REEL 3 Continues: degree of contact with wife; reasons for not being released on Armistice Day, 11/11/1918; state of music in GB during First World War; memories of Cecil Sharp; public attitude towards Germans and their music during First World War; Second World War musical activities. REEL 4 Continues: pre-First World War musical activities and musicians; various opinions on twentieth century music; impact of First World War on conscientious objectors.

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