Polish medical student at Warsaw University, Poland, during voyage from Poland to South America and at Dundee University in GB, 1939-1942; doctor in London, GB, 1942-1945
REEL 1 Background in Poland, 1917-1939: family; education; medical studies. Aspects of period as medical student at Dundee University in GB, 1939-1942: how she arrived in GB from South America, 9/1939; problems she faced in settling into studies in Scotland; her qualification as doctor in GB, 1942. Aspects of period as doctor in London, 1942-1945: meeting her Polish submariner husband, 1943; pattern of her medical career in London from 1942; opinion of education received in Poland; how she conceived an ambition to become a doctor and specialise in gynaecologist. Aspects of period as medical student at Warsaw University, 1939: character of university course; activity of National Democratic Party amongst students; attempt to segregate Jews in lectures; degree to which she anticipated outbreak of Second World War. Aspects of voyage from Poland to South America, 7/1939-9/1939: hostile pro-German attitude of Argentineans in Buenos Aires.
REEL 2 Continues: reaction to German attack on Poland at Recife, Brazil, 1/9/1939; looking after ill woman in Brazil; arrival in Southampton, 11/1939. Aspects of period as medical student and doctor in GB, 1939-1945: aid from British Council; her family’s involvement in Polish Resistance; belief in Allied victory; contact with Polish community; attending bombing casualties in Chelsea, 1943; reasons for not returning to Communist Poland, 1945.
In 1938 and 1939, nearly 10,000 children fleeing the persecution of Jews in Greater Germany (Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, and the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia), were brought to Britain on the Kindertransport ('children’s transports').
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