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Lien de Jong

this afternoon (wednesday 1st), 12.06-12.43pm (repeated 6.06pm and 3.06am), on bbc world service radio 

outlook (presented by jo fidgen) leads with interviews with …

lien de jong 

bart van es 

Lien de Jong was a young girl living in The Hague in the Netherlands when the Second World War broke out. The country was occupied, and her parents took a desperate decision to protect their child, sending her to live with the Van Es family, passionate anti-Nazis who raised Lien as their own.


The Periodic Table 1

last sunday afternoon (21st june), 3.00-4.00pm, on bbc radio 4 

vanadium, argon, lead (1st of 6 episodes of primo levi’s the periodic table) (starring akbar kurtha and henry goodman

Vanadium: In the course of his work as a chemist in a paint factory in the 1960s, Primo Levi receives a letter from one of the factory’s German clients, signed by a Doktor Muller. Could this be the Doktor Muller who had overseen Levi’s work as a prisoner in the lab at Auschwitz?

Argon: Primo imagines a fantasy meeting with his Piedmontese ancestors, who share a number of characteristics with the noble, rare and inert gases, such as Argon.

Lead: In the ancient world, a prospector travels from northern to southern Europe in search of the valuable, but toxic, lead rock. Read by Paul Copley.”


IOT: Hannah Arendt

this morning (thursday 25th), 9.00-9.45am (with shortened repeat 9.30-10.00pm) (repeated from february 2017), on bbc radio 4

hannah arendt (in the in our time series) (presented by melvyn bragg, with guests • professor lyndsey stonebridge, • frisbee sheffield, and • professor robert eaglestone)

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the political philosophy of Hannah Arendt.


Sunday: Leo’s story

this morning (sunday 21st), 7.14-7.29am, on bbc radio 4 

sunday (presented by edward stourton) includes …

The Journey – Leo’s story is a new role-play app created by the National Holocaust Centre and Museum on the theme of the Kindertransport. It follows Leo, a young boy forced to flee Nazi Germany.

Two children involved in trialling the app, and chief executive • Marc Cave, talk about how it reveals the true horror faced by German Jews during WWII.”


Mrs Jacobson

sunday 17th may, 8.48-8.58am, on bbc radio 4 

my mother (in the a point of view series) (by howard jacobson)

“She’d been waiting for the catastrophe to end catastrophes all her life and now it was here she seemed not to give a fig about it.”


SL: Esther Safran Foer

last saturday morning (23rd may), 9.32-9.42am, on bbc radio 4 

saturday live (presented by richard coles) includes …

Esther Safran Foer, the daughter of a holocaust survivor who returned to Ukraine to meet the family who saved her father’s life.”

including interview with …

esther safran foer 


FT: Mary Fulbrook

tomorrow evening (thursday 14th), 10.04-10.12pm (repeated from 23rd may 2019), on bbc radio 3  

2019 wolfson history prize discussion (presented by rana mitter) (in the free thinking series) 

includes interview with …

mary fulbrook, author of Reckonings: Legacies of Nazi Persecution and the Quest for Justice, winner of the 2019 wolfson history prize 



this evening (sunday 10th), 8.00-8.02pm and 8.24-8.29pm, on bbc 1 tv

antiques roadshow (presented by fiona bruce) includes …

“This special edition looks back at some of the most powerful and moving stories ever heard on the programme – and some never seen before – which give personal insights into the momentous events of the Second World War.

Through cherished objects, the programme traces the personal stories behind key events of the Second World War, including Dunkirk, D-Day, the Dambusters raid and the atrocities of the Nazi concentration camps.”

including interviews with …

oliver roeger, son of german jewish refugee walter roeger, member of the home guard

nick price, grandson of bergen-belsen liberator arthur price 

• second cousin of liberator chaplain father john 


Voyage of the St Louis

this afternoon (saturday 9th), 2.45-4.15pm, on bbc radio 4 

the voyage of the st louis (with philip glenister, paul ritter, toby jones, and alan corduner) (by daniel kehlmann, adapted for radio by tom stoppard) (from the book the voyage of the damned by gordon thomas and max morgan-witts)

“Several months before the outbreak of the Second World War, an ocean liner, the St Louis, leaves Germany with over 900 Jewish refugees on-board, all hoping to escape persecution.”


Nh: Karl Lehmann

yesterday evening (friday 8th), 9.49-9.53pm, on bbc world service radio 

newshour (presented by julian marshall) concludes with …

“Mr Lehman was on duty when he heard the official announcement on German radio of Hitler’s death. A refugee from Nazi Germany, he was working at the time at BBC Monitoring outside London, where teams listened in to foreign broadcasts.”

including interview with …

• jewish german refugee karl lehmann

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