February 1959 in Knossington, Leicestershire
Lived in Melton Mowbray and King’s Lynn, Norfolk and now lives in London.
Date of Interview
23rd June 2021
“Hi Carlo, yes I would love to contribute to your Back Chat project.”
Angela Klawitter (12th May 2021)
Angela Klawitter has an intriguing story to tell – not just about herself but about her parents. Her father Hans was a German soldier in WW2 having volunteered at 17. He was shot and following hospitalisation became a prisoner of war in the US and then shipped to the UK as a Prisoner of War in Leicester.
It was here that her parents met, and a romance began. They wrote to each other daily and Hans also corresponded with his mother and brother trapped in East Germany after the war.
Angela has now self-published these letters in two books.
This is by no means the whole story; Angela has a tale to tell about her own life too. The dubious joys of British caravanning; skiing and the effects of age in this sport; a career in Pension Fund Management and all balanced with hobbies including learning Spanish and making stain glass windows.
It is a truly fascinating interview.
Interviewer: Carlo Harrison
Cataloguer: Fiona Quinton
Early Life – Leicestershire
Government – Coronavirus
Parents – Father – Hans, Mother – Jean
Father Shot In France – PoW USA – PoW UK
Parents Meeting – Leicester
Siblings – Liz (Teacher) – Pip (Teacher) – Peter (Medical Equipment) – Ian (Wine Merchant)
Education – Leicester – Norfolk
Childhood Holidays – Germany – UK Caravanning
Husband Alan – Holidays – Skiing
Working Life – Pension Funds Manager
PoW and Love Letters
Hobbies – Dogs – Making Stained Glass – Spanish
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