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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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I was lodging with a lady in Gosforth paying two and a half pound and I went on a tram car it was an evening after work and this fellow, Kurt Passer, was on the tram car 'hello, how are you?' I was pleased to see him. And I told him four stops further along I must get off and he said Aren't you going to invite me for a cup of tea?' I said Look I cannot, I live in digs here and he said Why aren't you getting married? So I said I don't want to get married to a girl who has got her family I want someone who has the same situation as I have. Surely there must be some refugee girls in Newcastle? I said Not that I know of. Why don't you come to London? I know quite a lot. I say Look I started here I am staying here. He said Just a second now about a year and a half ago I met a fellow who told me that he was from Newcastle, he was something to do with jewellery repairs or manufacturing and he had a sister and I don't know what age she is. I don't know what her name is, I don't know anything. He says his name was Lobl. He had a place, jewelry repairs, 'bye bye' I had to get off. I got off, and you say about faith, Saturday one o clock started working I went to the office, the telephone directory was opened on letter L, and I looked it hit me in my eye 'Arnost Lobl Jewellery Repairs, Clayton Street.' So I thought right I better dial the number. I dialed the number it was two o clock half past one, it rang rang rang no answer. I was on the point of putting the phone down when I heard a female voice out of breath. Good afternoon Arnost Lobl here can i help you? I didn't know what to say so I said That depends entirely on you. She heard me but she thought she misheard me so she repeated Can I help you? So I say Look I would like to speak to Miss Lobl and she said "Speaking and what can I do for you?" and I say You can't do anything, you don't know me, I don't know you and she asked Well why do you phone me? and I said I would like to meet you.

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