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Eduardo Propper de Callejon

yesterday evening (saturday 28th), 7.00-8.00pm (repeated from november 2019), on channel 4 tv

my grandparents’ war: helena bonham carter

Grandfather Eduardo Propper de Callejon helped Jewish people flee the Holocaust by issuing Spanish transit visas. Grandmother Violet fought for women’s rights.”


Crveni Krst

last friday evening (27th march), 9.38-9.45pm, on bbc 2 tv 

the road to istanbul 1 (1st of 3 episodes) (in the pilgrimage series) includes …

Edwina Currie takes Amar and Pauline to a memorial of a more recent conflict, the Crveni Krst concentration camp, a Second World War Nazi camp that held people of Jewish, Romani and Serbian origin. Here, they witness the horrors of religious and cultural persecution. After a challenging day, the group discuss the difficulties with faith and religion in the face of conflict.”


H&S: VR survivors

this afternoon (friday 20th), 1.51-1.58pm (repeated 9.51am and 11.51pm sunday), on bbc world service radio

vr technology (in the heart and soul series) (presented by sophia smith galer) includes…

VR technology is also teaching future generations about religious tolerance. It is the 27th of January and Jews and Holocaust survivors from across the world are on a pilgrimage to Poland for the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Among them are • Holocaust survivor Ben Lesser, 91, and • Karen Jungblut, director of global initiatives at the Shoah Foundation Institute, based at the University of Southern California.

The institute’s mission is to preserve the first-person accounts of 50,000 Holocaust survivors and other witnesses began with videotape. Now it uses 360 filming to capture those testimonies in the landscape where it happened. How does giving his testimony at Auschwitz-Birkenau affect 91-year-old Ben?


Under Jerusalem

yesterday afternoon (sunday 8th), 1.31-1.43pm (repeated 3.31am tuesday), on bbc news tv 

jerusalem’s underground history (presented by rajan datar) (in the the travel show series)

Rajan Datar explores the hidden treasure underneath the streets of Jerusalem. He walks on recently excavated 2,000 year old roads and discovers old church chambers from the time of the crusaders.”

including interviews with …

• tour guide franny waisman  

aziz abu sarah, peace activist, journalist, politician, and co-founder of mejdi tours 


Tftd: Pius XII 3/3/2020

this morning (tuesday 3rd), 7.47-7.50am, on bbc radio 4

thought for the day, by catherine pepinster, who presents the case for pius xii

(if you missed it, available from 1:47:05 to 1:50:00 at, or soon with transcript at

Nh: Pius XII

yesterday evening (monday 2nd), 9.51-9.58pm, on bbc world service radio 

newshour (presented by paul henley) concludes with …

“The Catholic church, and the Vatican in particular, have long stood accused of failing to condemn the Holocaust at the time it was happening. Pope Francis today announced the Vatican’s World War II archives will be opened eight years ahead of schedule.”

including interview with …

• historian david kertzer 


Sunday: Pius XII

this morning (sunday 1st), 7.45-7.54am, on bbc radio 4 

sunday (presented by emily buchanan) concludes with …

“The Vatican “Secret” archives will be opened on Monday – what new findings might emerge about Pope Pius XII’s war time dealings?”

including interview with …

• historian david kertzer 

lisa palmieri-billig, american jewish committee‘s representative to the holy see


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