Tom Stoppard: Background●Tomas Straussler was born on July 3, 1937, in the town of Zlin, Czechoslovakia, ●He was the youngest of two sons of a physician, Eugene Straussler, and his wife, Martha. ●Stoppard’s parents were Jewish, although Stoppard did not know this until much later in life. ●Their religious background caused the family to move to Singapore in early 1939, on the eve of the German invasion of their homeland.●In 1942, all but the father moved again, to India, just before the Japanese invasion, in which Dr. Straussler was killed. ●In 1946, Martha Straussler married Kenneth Stoppard, a major in the British army who was stationed in India. ●Both children took their stepfather’s name when the family moved to England later that year. ●Demobilized, Kenneth Stoppard prospered as a machine-tool salesperson.●Despite this globe-trotting background—in one interview he called himself “a bounced Czech”—Stoppard has spoken and written in English since the age of five. ●His first school in Darjeeling, India, was an English-language, American-run institution. ●He attended preparatory schools in Nottingham and Yorkshire, ●leaving at the age of seventeen after having completed his “A” levels. ●In 1954, he began working as a local journalist in Bristol, ●rejoicing in the life of a newspaper reporter for the next six years.