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Oral history interview with Myra Fisher

Oral History | Accession Number: 1996.A.0586.248 | RG Number: RG-50.407.0248

Myra Fisher, born in 1931 in Hackney, London, discusses her Jewish parents and their Lithuanian and Ukrainian backgrounds; her experiences as a Jewish girl during World War II; being close with her mother’s family growing up; her father, who worked as a bookkeeper and a taxi driver outside of his wartime service; going with her father to political rallies; leaving London with many other children and mothers when the war started; arriving in Lincolnshire and being chosen by a host family; her father being drafted into the army; the bombings in the East End; moving to Hertfordshire; her family moving to Nottingham and staying in London Council flats when her father could visit; the experiences of children during the war; children playing with shrapnel; children identifying planes; rationing and not keeping kosher; attending eight different schools; her father deserting temporarily when he could not get compassionate leave; her father serving in Africa; moving to Gloucester; wearing gas masks; the war ending and her father returning home and disliking England; immigrating to Australia via ship (the ship they sailed on was a sister ship to one her father has served on: Moloya and Multan); becoming a hairdresser; getting married; and living in Gardenvale and Saint Kilda. [Family photos are show at the end of the recording.]


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Interviewee
Myra Fisher
Interviewer
Geri Kras
Date
interview:  2002 November 28
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..