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  • Audio clip from an oral history interview with Lionel Elton: Lionel's recollection being told how his Cossack uncle was decapitated, Cardiff, 9 July 2018

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This is an audio clip from an interview with Lionel Elton, in which Lionel recalls being told how his Cossack uncle was decapitated for marrying a Jew and his maternal family fleeing Odessa.

In his interview, Lionel Elton discusses growing up in Cardiff, where he attended the synagogue on Cathedral Road until his Bar Mitzvah, after which time he stopped going to synagogue. Lionel describes himself as culturally Jewish, but not a believer. Throughout his teens and early 20s Lionel was a member of the Zionist youth club, Habonim; it was here that he met his wife of 48 years, Miriam. At the age of 18, Lionel was principal clarinettist with the National Youth Orchestra of Wales and set to take up a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music. In Bristol, Lionel was an active member of the Thornbury community, establishing a community centre in the Chantry, a film society, and the Thornbury Arts Festival, which continues to this day. In 1977, after 22 years working for Honeywell Computers, Lionel set up his own firm. He retired to Abergavenny.

Depository: The National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales.

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