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Archive for September, 2014

Siegfried Ramler: Nuremberg translator

this morning (tuesday 30th), 8.42-8.50am, on bbc radio 4
today includes mishal husain interviewing the last surviving nuremberg simultaneous translator, kindertransport survivor professor siegfried ramler (author of Nuremberg and beyond)
(if you missed it, available from 2:42:50 to 2:50:30 at
see also his 45-minute lecture of 27/7/2010 at (more…)

Thought for the day: the chief rabbi

last wednesday morning (24th september), on bbc radio 4
thought for the day for rosh hashanah with chief rabbi ephraim mirvis (part of the today programme) (more…)

Germany: Memories of a nation (30 episodes)

every weekday morning for 6 weeks (monday 29th september to friday 7th november), 9.45-10.00am, on bbc radio 4
germany: memories of a nation (30 episodes)

Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, begins his series examining 600 years of German history through objects
… a 30 part series which reveals the profound influence of Germany’s history, culture and inventiveness across Europe, as well as the catastrophic events of the 20th century.”
(#1, 0:04:44) “There is of course one memory which dominates all others, the holocaust, the systematic murder by the Nazi regime, with the connivance and complicity of many of its citizens, of millions of Jews, in Germany and across Nazi-occupied Europe.”
(#1, 0:05:24) “The scale of this monument, like the scale of the events it commemorates, is ungraspable: it cannot be measured, only acknowledged. Every aspect of German history has to be considered in the context of this event. Every memory we shall explore in these programmes stands in its shadow.”


Howard Jacobson: J

last wednesday evening (24thseptember), 10.00-10.26pm,on bbc radio 3
howard jacobson’ s latest novel: J (in the free thinking series)

“Philip Dodd talks to Howard Jacobson about his dystopian new novel J which has been shortlisted for the Man Booker.”


Philip Roth

tomorrow evening (tuesday 30th), 10.45-11.00pm, on bbc radio 3
philip roth (2nd of 5 episodes of trip sheets, in the the essay series) (more…)

9 Lives

last thursday evening (25th september), 10.41-10.49pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
outlook includes …

“In Tel Aviv, a group of Israeli veterans have formed a rock band – Nine Lives – as a way of dealing with psychological trauma caused by their military service.
Camilla Schick went to meet them.”

(see also and…) (more…)

When are we dead?

last wednesday evening (24th september), 7.32-8.00pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
when are we dead?: the entire programme is about israeli law and practice, including the law of the dying patient (episode 5 of 6 in the the truth about life and death series) (more…)

Karen Armstrong on War and Religion

tomorrow morning (monday 29th), 9.00-9.45am, on bbc radio 4 (shortened repeat at 9.30 in the  evening)
karen armstrong on war and religion (in the start the week series) (jewish or israeli content unknown)

Karen Armstrong argues against the notion that religion is the major cause of war. The former nun tells Tom Sutcliffe that faith is as likely to produce pacifists and peace-builders as medieval crusaders and modern-day jihadists.
But Justin Marozzi charts the violent history of Baghdad and asks what role religion had to play there.
The philosopher Christopher Coker (author of The Warrior Ethos: Military Culture and the War on Terror) explores how warfare dominates our history, and argues that war, like religion, is central to the human condition.”


Witness: Danzig, 1939

this morning (sunday 28th), 10.39-10.43am, on bbc news tv (freeview channel 80 or 130), repeated 4.39pm this afternon
witness includes …

“Photojournalist Douglas Slocombe (now 101), who photographed the beginnings of the Second World War in Danzig, including the destruction of the Great Synagogue

illustrated by his own cine film (more…)


sunday night (28th september), 11.30pm-12.00, on bbc radio 4
may his memory be a blessing (in the something understood series)

Within the Jewish tradition, it’s common to use the honorific ‘may his memory be a blessing’ when writing of the dead.
The composer Michael Zev Gordon uses this phrase to reflect on the idea that so much of what we are is locked in memory, but that we only grasp this fully when it starts to slip away.
He draws on writings by Proust and W.G.Sebald, poems by Carol Ann Duffy and Marjorie Agosin, and musical excerpts from JS Bach, Thomas Ades, Robert Schumann, his own piano piece entitled ‘On Memory‘ and the music hall song that was one of his father’s last triggers to memory and identity, ‘Daisy Bell‘.”


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