for forthcoming uk programmes of jewish or israeli interest

The Gestapo Minutes

this afternoon (wednesday), 2.15-3.00pm on bbc radio 4:
the gestapo minutes by adam ganz (author of listening to the generals), with ed stoppard and julian rhind-tutt, and featuring robin lustig

Under the Nazis, Michel Oppenheim, lawyer, patriot and porcelain collector is made head of the jewish community in Mainz [in Germany].
The minutes of his regular meetings with Gestapo functionary Schwoerer survive.
Civilly, they discuss the pettiest details of Nazi terror, and arrangements for the deportations east. Thanks to his non-Jewish wife Oppenheim survives.
Once the war ends the tables are turned. Schwoerer begs Oppenheim for a testimonial, which could save him from US war crimes trial and execution. Oppenheimer must decide whether to help the man who sat across the table during the past six years of horror and humiliation.

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