Sylvia’s interview with Robert Elms

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Yesterday we posted our live interview with Robert Elms on BBC London. Now here is the pre-recorded interview with GI bride Sylvia O’Connor, which Robert broadcast earlier in the show. Sylvia was speaking down the phone from Baltimore, where she has lived since 1946. She told Robert about how she met her husband Bob while working as a volunteer in the an American Red Cross club in the West End, and how she adapted to life in America after the war.

Sylvia recalled the awful heat that hit her as soon as she arrived in America – so much so that by the time she met her in-laws for the first time she was dripping with sweat and had broken out in heat-bumps. She told Robert that it was only in later years that she realised how much she had given up in agreeing to marry an American – and how, if she was given the chance to live her life again, she would have stayed in England, with all her friends and family.

The interview is split into two parts, and you can listen to them here:

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  1. The book is great, reading sylvia’s & all the other girls stories is brilliant