A portrait of one of the few
A portrait of one of the few, could be a great title for a book! I first met Kurt Taussig in March 2016 when I was working at Marks & Spencer gaining some vital sales experience. That's another story though. Whilst chatting his wife Anne confirmed that he was indeed Flt. Lt. Kurt Taussig. I had heard about him on radio and TV he had come to the UK as a 15 year old lad from Czechoslovakia in 1939 and became a Spitfire pilot.
Kurt is now 92 and full of laughter and fun as he probably ever was. I asked if I may call sometime and take a portrait of one of the few. Anne gave me the details and said to call when I had time. A few weeks ago I called and was greeted by Kurt who informed me that he was still very much alive. It was a hot day and I was led through to the conservatory and offered a cold drink and a chat about what I did. My aim was to make one portrait which both Kurt and Anne liked so I do hope that I have succeeded in my mission.
What followed was a couple of hours spent talking about Spitfire planes, the love of travel, family and of course Kurt's time in the RAF and how he arrived here in England. This is long story and began in 1939 when Sir Nicholas Winton organised the rescue of 669 children from Czechoslovakia on the eve of the second World War in an operation later known as the Czech Kindertransport.
For more about Sir Nicholas Winton and the Kindertransport click this link
The main portrait above shows Kurt standing in front of a painting by Alan S Holt this is his and Alan's Spitfires flying a mission. I am so delighted to have had the opportunity to meet and photograph Kurt and I love the images below as they are memories of a superb day with a fabulous gentleman. The Imperial War Museum took some time to sit and interview Kurt for their archives and I believe his voice and the interview bear so much more than can be conveyed in this short space so please do click on this link to hear the full story and please do enjoy the portraits below.
There is a book available by my old friend, Simon Beer, who passed away in June 2014.
A Salute to One of "The Few" here it is on Amazon