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Archive for November, 2015

Interfaith Marriage

this afternoon (monday 30th), 4.30-5.00pm, on bbc radio 4
interfaith marriage (presented by ernie rae) (in the beyond belief series)

Ernie Rea discusses the pros and cons of interfaith marriage with …
Asad Zaman, an Imam for over 20 years who leads the Friday prayers at several mosques across Manchester
• Dr Jonathan Romain, a Reform Rabbi who has written extensively on interfaith marriage
Rosalind Birtwistle, Co-Founder of the Interfaith Marriage Network, who is a Christian married to a Jew.”


Selma van der Perre

yesterday morning (friday 27th), 8.50-9.00am, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
surviving ravensbruck (presented by louise hidalgo) (in the witness series) (repeated today in the history hour)

“In November 1938, the SS commander Heinrich Himmler ordered the construction in Nazi Germany of the only concentration camp built specifically for women. It would be called Ravensbruck.
Survivor Selma van der Perre tells Witness about the horrors of life in Ravensbruck, including experiments on women and children.
She concealed her Jewishness, and was released in 1944 in an exchange of prisoners for goods supplied by the Red Cross.”

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Britain’s Palestine Patrols

last thursday morning (26th november), 8.50-9.00am, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
britain’s palestine patrols (presented by mike lanchin) (in the witness series) …

“In the 1940s the Royal Navy intercepted dozens of Jewish refugee ships trying to reach British-controlled Palestine. It was part of British government policy to limit Jewish immigration to Palestine.
Witness hears from Lieutenant-Commander Alan Tyler, 91, then a Jewish officer onboard HMS Chevron, patrolling the Mediterranean sea.”

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Newshour: self-defence classes

this evening (wednesday 25th), 9.51-9.55pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
newshour (presented by james coomarasamy) includes …

“Yesterday we heard from Newshour’s Lyse Doucet in the West Bank, where the act of running has become a political statement about the ‘right to move’. Today, Yolande Knell reports from Jerusalem, where the recent attacks have led to a dramatic rise in Israelis taking self-defence lessons. Yolande went along to a class.”


Newshour: ‘Right to Movement’

yesterday evening (tuesday 24th), 9.51-9.56pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
newshour (presented by james coomarasamy) includes a propaganda piece about at international running group that opposes the life-saving road blocks and security barrier

“Jogging with Palestine’s marathon runners: Lyse Doucet went to meet George Zeidan, the co-founder of the ‘Right to Movement‘.”


Tftd: Lord Sacks 23/11/2015

yesterday morning (monday 23rd), 7.47-7.50am, on bbc radio 4
thought for the day: where is god in all this? from former chief rabbi jonathan sacks (more…)

Jonathan Pollard released

yesterday afternoon (friday 20th), 9.36-9.45pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
newshour (presented by owen bennett jones) includes …

The release of Jonathan Pollard:
Jonathan Pollard, an American convicted of spying for Israel, has been released from a US prison after serving 30 years of a life sentence.
• Professor Alan Dershowitz of Harvard University has represented Pollard and • Joseph DiGenova prosecuted him in the original case.
They have very different assessments of his release.”

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Benjamin Ferencz

yesterday afternoon (friday 20th), 5.43-5.58pm, on bbc rado 4
pm (presented by eddie mair) ends with …

” ‘I didn’t want to talk to the murderers’: The Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal began seventy years ago today, on trial, men accused of murdering more than a million civilians.
At 27 years old, Benjamin Ferencz was the youngest member of the prosecuting team and is the only surviving member.
He’s been telling PM about his experiences, some of which were not pleasant, but he spoke first about how his upbringing in New York helped lead him to a life in the law.”


Newshour: Niklas Frank

yesterday afternoon (friday 20th), 3.51-3.58pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107) (repeated 9.20pm)
newshour (presented by owen bennett jones) includes …

Hitler’s lawyer’s son, Niklas Frank, remembers the Nuremberg Trials”


Boston Calling: Bahr

this evening (saturday 21st), 7.30-8.00pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
boston calling includes …

“The current US debate over Syrian refugees echoes a similar debate over Jewish refugees during World War II. Back then, the fear was that German spies would hide among the throngs of US-bound Jews fleeing the horrors of the Nazi regime. And in 1942, the FBI and other US officials pointed to the capture of Herbert Karl Friedrich Bahr as supposed proof that the fear was well-founded. But who exactly was he, and how did his case impact Jewish immigration?
The reporter Daniel Gross explains.”


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