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VE Day – We Were There

Sunday, May 10

PLEASE WEAR RED, WHITE & BLUE!

Join us at 4.00 pm on Sunday 10th May when Alex Gerlis will be interviewing Marion Bloom and Michael Italiaander about their experiences during World War II and their memories of VE Day.

Topic: Mosaic 75 commemoration – we were there
Time: Sunday 10th May 4:00 PM (meeting will open at 3:30 PM to allow you to connect and chat)
Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/92783267210.
Meeting ID: 927 8326 7210

If you don’t have a computer / tablet you can dial in (standard charges apply) 0203-481 5240
Meeting ID: 927 8326 7210

Marion Bloom – Aged 16 at outbreak of the war, she was evacuated.  After matric she went to Lyçee Français de Londres to train as bilingual secretary.  She worked for Journal France, a daily newspaper published in wartime London during the Blitz.  Marion was a part-time Firewoman (in Control Room).  She progressed to work for prestigious a Film, Theatre and Literary Agency which she continued for many years after marriage and having children etc. never formally leaving that job.

 

Michael Italiaander – born 8th January 1923.  Michael served in the 8th Army in the Western Desert under Montgomery, who he actually met!  He was (probably) the youngest British war artist of WW2 creating propaganda images for the Ministry of Information. Once he was called up he became a Cartographer and spent about three and a half years overseas. Having Dutch parents meant there were various restrictions on which branch of the forces where he could serve that led to him being a soldier.