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Digital Audio Tape Recording - Interview with Anna & Ervin Apinis, Yarraville, Victoria, 6 Oct 1997 Audiovisual Reg. No: HT 9922

Digital Audio Tape of an interview with Anna and Ervin Apinis about their migration experiences following World War II. Anna Apinis was born in 1913 in Latvia. She attended weaving lessons in Liepaja in Latvia from 1930 to 1933 and spent hours at the nearby Liepaja Ethnographic Museum, recording traditional fabric designs in her notebooks. Anna had a loom constructed for her by fellow (male) survivors of World War II at a Displaced Persons camp in Germany. Anna migrated to Australia in 1950, with her father Ernest, husband Ervins and their son Erik, her precious loom came also. This was a blessing as her obsession with weaving helped to ease the pain of displacement and separation that she and her husband Ervins felt in their new land.
Two Digital Audio Tapes
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An oral history interview in two parts (recorded over two separate sessions) about the migration experience of the late Anna and Ervin Apinis after World War II. The interview covers their time spent in a displaced persons camp in Germany, their arrival in Australia, and their initial accommodation in the Parkes and Greta migrant camps in New South Wales.
Courtesy - Anna Apinis and Ervin Apinis
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: wars conflicts, world war ii 1939-1945, migrant camps, migration settlement, migrants, latvian immigration, artistic practices, crafts, weaving, looms
Themes this item is part of: Immigration & Artistic Practice Collection, Migration Collection, Anna Apinis, Latvian Migrant & Weaver, 1950, Anna Apinis, Latvian Migrant & Weaver, 1950, Anna Apinis, Latvian Migrant & Weaver, 1950
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Creative Practice
Tertiary Classification: oral histories
Format: Digital Audio Tape Recording; DAT Cassette
Place & Date Recorded: Yarraville, Victoria, Australia, 06 Oct 1997
Interviewer: Marianna Auliciems - Museum Victoria - Immigration Museum, Yarraville, Victoria, Australia, 06 Oct 1997
Interviewee: Anna Apinis, Yarraville, Victoria, Australia, 06 Oct 1997
Interviewee: Ervin Apinis, Yarraville, Victoria, Australia, 06 Oct 1997

Anita Apinis-Herman was present for help with translating.
Translator: Mrs Anita Apinis-Herman, Yarraville, Victoria, Australia, 06 Oct 1997
Person Named: Mrs Elga Kivicka, Merberka, Germany
Person Named: Karlis Gulbergs
Place Named: Liepaja, Latvia
Place Named: Memmingen, Germany
Place Named: Parkes, New South Wales, Australia
Place Named: Greta, Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia

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