Czechoslovakian Jewish civilian biochemist and nutrionist emigrated to GB, 1939; worked at the Dunn Nutritional Laboratory, Cambridge, GB, 1939-1945.
REEL 1: Aspects of period in Czechoslovakia, 1908-1939: family background; education; religious and political beliefs; first awareness of Nazi threat to Czechoslovakia; reaction to Munich Crisis, 1938; story of being dismissed from post at clinic; attitude of non-Jewish colleagues; story of first contact with Cambridge University through the Academic Assistance Council; description of German invasion of Czechoslovakia, 3/1939; story of obtaining necessary documents to leave Czechoslovakia and emigrate to GB; situation of wife and daughter; reason for wife starting divorce proceedings; description of journey out of Czechoslovakia, spring 1939.
REEL 2 Continues: story of being stranded overnight in Dresden; description of crossing German/Dutch border; attitude to leaving Czechoslovakia. Aspects of period in GB, 1939-1945: first impressions of London; attitude to 1936 Olympic Games being held in Germany; problem of Jews escaping from Czechoslovakia; story of writing in code to wife in Prague; story of English teacher assisting wife and daughter escape from Czechoslovakia to GB; story of meeting wife and daughter in Southampton, 8/1939; financial and housing situation; acceptance of medical degrees in GB; wife’s unpaid employment; attitude of British people to Czech refugees.
REEL 3 Continues: situation regarding Czech funds for refugees; importance of Czech government in London; opinion of Benes and Jan Masaryk; story of visit to GB, 1926; description of holiday in Devon with the Fabian Society, 1941; amusing story about Home Guard; further comments on attitude of British people to Czech refugees; question of adapting to British way of life; daughter’s education; description of war work on vitamin testing in Cambridge; opinion of wartime diet; contacts with Czechoslovakia during and after the war. Aspects of post-war period in Czechoslovakia and GB: description of returning to home in Czechoslovakia, 1946; story of locating old car; comments on bribery and the SS.
REEL 4 Continues: description of car journey through Europe to GB, 1947; assistance from US forces; story of bringing furniture back to GB, 1948; reaction to communist coup in Czechoslovakia, 1948; story of being on holiday in Czechoslovakia during Prague Spring, 1968; attitude to nationality; reflections on coming to GB as a refugee; opinion of British treatment of refugees; contribution of refugees to British life; amusing story about tea parties.
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