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Witness: Hotel Lutetia

tuesday 29th october, 8.50-9.00am, on bbc world service radio

the paris hotel that hosted holocaust survivors (presented by louise hidalgo) (in the witness history series)

“At the end of the Second World War the grand Parisian hotel, the Lutetia, was allocated to receive thousands of prisoners and Nazi concentration camp survivors returning home from across a ravaged Europe.

Louise Hidalgo talks to two people for whom the Hotel Lutetia played a crucial role in 1945: • Maurice Cling, author of un enfant á aushcwitz, and • Christiane Umido who, as a young girl, was reunited there with her father. ”


Witness: Deborah Lipstadt

thursday 5th september, 8.50-9.00am, on bbc world service radio

the holocaust denial trial (presented by rebecca kesby) (in the witness history series)

“The controversial historian, David Irving, tried to sue Penguin Books and professor Deborah Lipstadt for libel after she called him a Holocaust denier in one of her books. The case drew intense media interest.

• Deborah Lipstadt told Rebecca Kesby what it was like to have to defend her work and the memories of survivors of the Holocaust at the High Court in London in 2000. History was on trial.”


Witness: Stephanie Shirley

wednesday 28th august, 8.50-9.00am, on bbc world service radio

the kindertransport children who fled the nazis  (presented by mike lanchin) (in the witness history series)

“In the months leading up to outbreak of World War Two in September 1939, some 10,000 unaccompanied children were sent by their parents out of Germany and Austria, to safety in the UK. Many of them never saw their families again.

Dame Stephanie Shirley was just five years old when she and her older sister were put on a train by their mother in Vienna. She has been telling Mike Lanchin about arriving in a foreign land as a little girl.”


Witness: Eli Rosenbaum

thursday 28th march, 8.50-9.00am, on bbc world service radio

the secret nazi past of kurt waldheim (presented by louise hidalgo) (in the witness history series)

“• Lawyer Eli Rosenbaum, on whose information the New York Times story was based, tells Louise Hidalgo how he helped to expose the truth about Kurt Waldheim’s wartime record and how UN war crimes files naming Kurt Waldheim had lain hidden for decades in the vaults while Waldheim was UN Secretary General

Kurt Waldheim was standing for election to the Austrian presidency when the allegations first emerged in the New York Times in March 1986.”


Children of courage 8

tuesday 12th november, 8.30-8.55pm (repeated 8.30pm sunday), on bbc radio alba 

eva (14) in auschwitz (last of 8 episodes in the children of courage series) (in gaelic and czech, with english subtitles)

“This episode asks, how could a fourteen-year-old girl survive Auschwitz?, and takes us into the world of the most infamous Nazi concentration camp of them all.

Fourteen-year-old Eva is already an orphan when she arrives in Auschwitz concentration camp.


FOOC: The Ephrussis

this morning (thursday 14th), 11.09-11.15am, on bbc radio 4 

from our own correspondent (presented by kate adie) includes …

“In Austria, the descendants of holocaust victims, as well as the victims themselves, will soon be able to apply for citizenship, and to do so without renouncing their other nationalities.

At the Jewish Museum in Vienna, Bethany Bell met Edmund de Waal, who’ll be applying … he tells the story of his ancestors, the Ephrussis, a wealthy Jewish banking family from Odessa, who had lived in Vienna until the Nazi takeover in 1938, when their palace and property were seized and the family fled.”


The ‘German Christian’ movement

thursday 9th march 2017, 1.00-2.00pm, online only 

two kingdoms in the third reich (lecture by professor alec ryrie) (in the gresham lectures series)

“Nazism was not a Christian movement in any meaningful sense but German Protestants of the 1920s and 1930s shared many Nazi assumptions and voted disproportionately for the Nazi party, partly in the hope that they might use it for their own ends.

One result was the ‘German Christian’ movement, which tried to create a dejudaised Christianity which the Nazi state would accept with a place in the coming Aryan utopia.”

(if you missed it, available with transcript at

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