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Nonek was born in Warsaw, Poland. Nonek was studying in Toulouse, France when World War Two broke out. He escaped France and fled to England where he lived in London before moving to Newcastle. He has lived here ever since.

Nonke was interviewed by Anita Wan on 28 June 2006. The interview took place in the participant's home and lasted for 1 hour 44 minutes.

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The Cow Shed

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I decided from Bayonne to try to get to England. Now in France you know life revolves around a little local caf?, as opposed to a pub in Britain, I went in, I had on me very little money, it was towards the end of the month and I was paid monthly, so I had to count every penny, I went in and got myself a croissant and a cup of coffee that was my main meal of the day! And started talking there with a young man we started exchanging views and I realized he was against Franco's regime and so on, and I asked him, I told him I am trying to get to England. He said to me No he had no plans but he knew someone who had got a little boat, his father is a fisherman, he plans to go very soon. Can I get in touch with him? He didn't know where he lived but he described him to me he said he comes here three times a week, always about this time. I stayed there, he didn't come that evening, it was getting dark so I left. I started to go into the countryside, I didn't have money to get a hotel but I had my little blanket with me and there were some farms, and dogs barking. I arrived on one farm and eventually a man came out. I asked whether I could stay over night. He said I have no room. I said I don't need room, I have a blanket. He said Look I have a cow shed, I have three cows and above it there is a ladder there is a floor and some hay there, but I haven't got any food to give you.' I said Never mind about the food. I stayed overnight there. In the morning it was light about five o clock I heard some steps I looked on the floor between the spaces I saw a handsome young lady put a bowl with something on the bottom of the steps I got down after she left, it was coffee and bread.

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