this afternoon (sunday 8th), 3.00-3.45pm, on bbc radio 4
gustav and franziska (starring damian lewis and written by jonathan myerson) (1st of 7 dramas in this is your country now too, a series about the experience of child refugees since 1939)
“This is the little-known story of schoolteacher Trevor Chadwick’s part in the saving of 700 Czechoslovakian children who otherwise would have suffered the fate of their parents.
In the days after the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia in March 1939, a Jewish family is faced with a terrible dilemma – save their two children, nine-year-old Gustav and his elder sister Franziska, but maybe never see them again.
When they hear of a scheme to get children to London on trains, their mother determines it’s the only way. This Kindertransport scheme, devised by Nicholas Winton, is carried out by two young schoolteachers, Trevor Chadwick, and Beatrice Wellington his Canadian assistant, with more than a little naivety and dogged persistence, amid the chaos of a new Nazi administration.”(more…)