MC:P172 Papers of Nicholas Ractivand (1901–2006)
Nicholas Ractivand (1901–2006) was a Commoner at Magdalen in 1920–3. He lived in Greece almost all his life, apart from when he had to flee during the Second World War. All these papers were given to the College in October 2001 as Accession No. 01/195, except MC:P172/C1/2 and MC:P172/N1/2, which were given in April 2002 as Accession No. 02/103.
Catalogued in October 2001.
MC:P172/C1/1 19 Oct 2001
Copy of a letter from Ractivand containing reminiscences of his life during World War II, and reactions to Greece’s fate during and after the war. He also gives an account of how he came to write the pamphlet N1/1 below.
MC:P172/C1/2 10 Mar 2002
Letter from Ractivand containing reminiscences of his time at Magdalen, with memories of “Harry” Weldon and O.M. Wrong.
Copy of a pamphlet They said ‘No’! by “Hellenicus” (a pseudonym adopted by Ractivand). This pamphlet was written when Ractivand was in exile in India, to draw attention to his homeland’s plight under German occupation, and to encourage fund-raising for the “King of the Hellenes Save the Children of Greece Appeal”, which had been set up by some Greeks living in Bombay.
Copy of an article in the Salopian Newsletter no. 129, celebrating Ractivand’s 100th birthday, with some school reminiscences.