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Nonek

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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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Arrival in England

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We were taken to naval barracks and a fellow there told me that they would take us to the railway station. They didn't tell us where we would be taken but we would be picked up at the end. Now I was used on the continent that on the train you sit, especially in France, you open a bottle of wine, you pass it round, you have food. Here it was water, it was black out, everyone sat and read with little light and only you hear 'excuse me' if people got up to go to the loo. We arrived and later on discovered it was London, Paddington Station, I didn't know then. There was a little pick up waiting and we took the pick up for an hour or longer an hour twenty minutes then we were taken to a place with barbed wire on the top, each one of us was given like a cell and an army grey coat.

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