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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.”


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.


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


Lost Films of WW2

this evening (thursday 5th), 9.19-9.23pm, on bbc 4 tv 

lost films of world war 2 (1st of 2 episodes) includes …

“More than 10,000 children were rescued from the Nazis. Some of them were sent to Yealand Manor School, including Renata Polger and Joachim Litteck.”

(see also page 230-231 of


Rise of the Nazis 1

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

rise of the nazis: politics (narrated by kate fleetwood) (1st of 3 weekly episodes), including commentary from …

stephan malinowski 

• general mike jackson 

• professor richard evans 

helena kennedy

giles macdonogh

• professor richard overy 

“This episode takes us into the corridors of power where Germany’s top political mastermind sees an opportunity to use the sudden popularity of the Nazis for his own ends. This sets off a chain of miscalculations, backroom deals and power grabs that will propel Hitler from the fringes of political activism into the heart of government.

Whilst this political intrigue plays out at the highest level of government, Hitler faces another obstacle at ground level – a Jewish lawyer called Hans Litten, who is out to prove that the Nazis are far from the legal, legitimate party they claim to be.


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