Czech Republic 3

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 64

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1937

PLACE OF BIRTH: Prague, Czech Republic (at the time Czechoslovakia)

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: Caucasian

OCCUPATION: designer

EDUCATION: university

AREA(S) OF RESIDENCE OUTSIDE REPRESENTATIVE REGION FOR LONGER THAN SIX MONTHS: N/A

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: Geri Cohen (under the supervision of Paul Meier)

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 29/03/2001

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DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): N/A

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

OK, so I was born in Europe in former Czechoslovakia, before the beginning of the World War 2. I was born in Prague, the capital of Bohemia, which is my native city, and I have been living there almost all my life. Of course, when I was 3 years old, so the World War 2 began, and at the end of it I was very happy, of course. I was 7 years old, and I still can remember both armies, American armies as well as the Soviet army, and it was just a wonderful comparison of different standards, I would say. Well, so after the elementary school education, I began my study at the school, which might be called here like technology, engineering senior high school, because I had a big interest in machinery and engines, and I wanted to be a pilot, which was not possible because of my very bad abilities. I realized when flying with some friends of my parents in the air. Well, it was very bad for me when the plane turned; I couldn’t orient myself. Well, so I was very, very unhappy, but because all that time I was painting and I was very much interested in the arts, so I changed of course for the art, and first of all I studied art education and art history.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Geri Cohen (under the supervision of Paul Meier)

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 04/2001

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