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The Diary of Anne Frank

yesterday afternoon (friday 13th), 2.30-5.15pm, on bbc 2 (repeated from saturday 26th january 2019 and saturday 27th january 2018)

the diary of anne frank (1959), starring millie perkins, joseph schildkraut, and shelley winters (writtenby albert hackett and frances goodrich)

Oscar-winning adaptation of the famous true story.”


WDYTYA: Mark Wright

last wednesday evening (11th september), 9.20-9.58pm, on bbc 1 tv 

mark wright (in the who do you think you are series) includes …

“Discovering Sephardi Jewish ancestry and a master swordsman living in late 17th-century Andalucía, Mark’s journey takes him to Spain where he’s astonished to finds out how his nine-times great-grandfather survived the terror of the Spanish Inquisition, while a less fortunate relative was burned at the stake.”

including contributions from …

david jacobs, social historian

alberto cerrada, master of arms and historian

harman snell, specialist in jewish genealogy


Witness: Danzig 1939

monday 2nd september, 8.50-9.00am, on bbc world service radio 

the outbreak of world war two (in the witness series) 

“On September 1st 1939 German forces invaded Poland. Douglas Slocombe, a British cameraman, was there at the time and filmed the build-up to the war. In 2014 he spoke to Vincent Dowd about what he saw in Gdansk and Warsaw, before escaping from the country.”


Today/Nh: Renia’s Diary

this morning (wednesday 11th), 8.22-8.27am, on bbc radio 4 (repeated 1.44pm and 9.20pm saturday on newshour on bbc world service radio)

today (presented by nick robinson and john humphrys) includes…

The secret diary of Renia Spiegel, a Polish teenager who was shot dead by Nazi soldiers in 1942 is being published, having recently been discovered after 70 years lying untouched in a bank vault. Renia’s Diary, A Young Girls Life in the Shadow of the Holocaust,  has been compared to Anne Frank’s diary. In it, she writes about night-time bombing raids, the disappearance of other Jewish families, and the creation of the ghetto.”

including contributions from …

• bbc reporter rebecca jones

• niece alexandra bellak 

(see also


Rise of the Nazis 2

this evening (monday 9th), 9.00-10.00pm (repeated saturday 7.30pm), on bbc 2 tv 

rise of the nazis: the first six months in power (narrated by kate fleetwood) (2nd of 3 weekly episodes), including commentary from …

• professor richard evans 

• coommunist and lecturer ash sarkar 

• professor richard overy 

• historian heike gortemaker

• general mike jackson 

• historian christian goeschel 

• historian timothy ryback

At the start of 1933, Hitler is the chancellor of Germany but he does not have absolute power – there is still a democratic parliament beneath him, a head of state above him and the rule of law hanging over him. Hitler sets his sights on dismantling the German state.


AR: Seder dish

this evening (sunday 8th), 8.06-8.10pm, on bbc 1 tv 

antiques roadshow: second world war special (presented by fiona bruce) includes …

Expert Adam Schoon hears the history of a silver Passover seder dish from Koningsberg


Nh: Nazi design exhibition

this evening (sunday 8th), 9.24-9.28pm, on bbc world service radio

newshour (presented by james menendez) includes …

“It sounds like a recipe for disaster – an exhibition about Nazi design in a Dutch city that during the Second World War played host to a notorious SS concentration camp. The exhibition, at the Design Museum in Den Bosch, is called Design of the Third Reich, and it features artwork architecture and media from Nazi Germany, and it has faced opposition: there was a small protest at the opening today, accusing the museum of glorifying fascism.”

including interview with …

• museum director timo de rijk

(for the case against, see


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