Born in Exton, England, in 1938, Deryk Cook could not remember a time before the world was at war. Although the worst bombings of the Battle of Britain had ended by the time Cook was in school, gas masks remained compulsory and air raids were common. In his Legacy Series oral history, recorded with Adina Langer at the Museum of History and Holocaust Education on August 5, 2021, Cook recalls how his family played host to three evacuated children from Coventry, how ration stamps were required for purchases in the village shop run by his mother and aunt, and how the village children begged chewing gum from American troops stationed there between 1943 and 1944. After graduating from the University of London, Cook worked as an electronics engineer. Following his job, he left England in 1982 with his wife and three children, moving first to Toronto, Canada, and then to Detroit, Michigan, and finally to Georgia where he has lived for more than thirty years.
Deryk Cook Interview, 2021-08-05, Legacy Series Oral History Program, 2013-, KSU/14/05/03/001, Museum of History and Holocaust Education, Kennesaw State University.
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