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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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Finding Work

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I volunteered to go to the army. But the man said to me who interviewed me look from your ability we will get more service from you if we send you to a factory that produces armaments; I told you I studied engineering. I say but I want to go to the army to fight. He said you will be of no advantage to us you cannot speak a word of English, so after being there for about fifteen days, thirteen, fourteen or fifteen days I was released, I was sent to a labour exchange, it used to be called, and given a name and address of a engineering firm in West Ealing. I went there and I spoke to the manager who had a little knowledge of French and he was delighted, he showed me the machinery and I told him I knew how to work this machines. Now I told them when they said to me they want me to work in engineering in armaments factory, I volunteered to do continuous night shift because I knew English people wanted to be, the Germans used to come over the south of England in the night time, the family wanted to be together you see and to me I thought I lost all my family so I volunteered to go to nightshift.

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