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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleNelki, Mrs Erna
Ref No8SUF/B/072
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 16
Date9 Mar 1976
Extent38:14 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biographies for Erna Nelki and Eva Hubback
DescriptionInterview took place at 45 Nightingale Lane, London SW12. Interviewee was secretary to Eva Hubback. Also see other interviews related to Hubback [8SUF/B/067, 8SUF/B/066, 8SUF/B/070, 8SUF/B/119, 8SUF/B/088, 8SUF/B/100, 8SUF/B/151, 8SUF/B/189, 8SUF/B/195].

Interview summary:
0:00 mins: How she became secretary to Eva Hubback as a refugee seeking work during the Second World War. Her ability to speak German. Her work at Eva's home and with Marjorie Sprince [Stephens]. The relationship between the secretaries and the volunteers. Erna's role. Eva's ability to be loyal and helpful. Her kindness to Erna and husband, finding a home for them and work for the husband. Leaving Eva in 1944 and being offered Eva's Welsh Cottage. Working for Eva, her energy, Problems faced by ordinary typists. The working day in the office, Board of Equal Citizenship.

15:00 mins: Eva's delegation of work and dislike of mistakes. Her staff. Her ability to obtain contributions for the pamphlets she published from well known names. After birth of Erna's son Eva considered her a friend and took an interest in the child. Eva then found both work and a home for Erna in her daughter Diana's house. Eva's interests and support of many causes and her anti-Nazi feelings.

30:00 mins: Mrs Nelki's mother and Eva. Eva's reaction to concentration camp photographs. Eva at the end of her life.
Related Record8SUF/B/066
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 22
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