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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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Tea with milk

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After about two and a half or three and half hours we stopped going, I didn't know what to do, how to get back, he tried to find out but he couldn't either so he said 'look sorry'. We are in the middle of the Bay of Biscay, below the Channel and then we could hear something far away, like an engine and then we could see coming towards us and when you are on a little boat and a ship, a massive thing, they spotted us and they have no breaks on a ship like on a car so they went in and they put on, how do you say projector? Projector lights, eventually they slowed down, they looked the lights on, there were four of us including myself. We see two seamen with hand machine guns, my first English words which I heard were 'who are you?' None of us could speak English we are shouting in French to them. I can speak German too but I didn't want to. Eventually an officer who learned French at school, with his school French came. After a little chit chat they threw rope ladders over and we climbed up and proceeded. And now they were kind to us. They gave us special biscuits and Australian sausages I never had that and tea with milk! I never had it.

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