this afternoon (friday 5th), 1.32-2.00pm, on bbc world service radio (repeated 2.32am, 9.32am, and 11.32pm, tomorrow)
journey to ashkenaz (in the heart and soul series) (presented by michael goldfarb)
”Presenter Michael Goldfarb goes on a journey to the heart of Ashkenaz to find traces of his family’s life …”
including contributions from …
• eli farkas
• professor anna misyuk
• abraham wolff, chief rabbi of south ukraine
• nadia gochman of tikva, a children’s charity in odessa
• musician natalya vakchinska
• professor yaroslav hrytsak
• historian olena andronati
”… One hundred years ago, most of the world’s Ashkenazic Jews lived in what is today western Ukraine. The Holocaust and then Stalinism wiped that world out.
He goes on pilgrimage to the tomb of Rabbi Nachman in Uman with 40,000 ultra-religious Jews from around the world. He also explains the two ways of being a Jew – religious and secular – that grew in this blood soaked land.
In Odessa, on the Black Sea, where the secular side of his family came from, he finds a city whose Jewish community is being rebuilt on religious lines. In Lviv, and the surrounding countryside, he visits the village where his grandmother was a girl. And where no single Jew lives today.”
(if you missed it, available at https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/play/w3csxyl2)