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Gustav and Franziska

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.”

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FOOC: Czech scrolls

yesterday morning (saturday 26th), 11.41-11.46am, on bbc radio 4 

from our own correspondent (presented by kate adie) includes a report from kolin in czechoslavakia by james rodgers

“A large shopping centre and an old Jewish cemetery: James Rodgers is in Kolin,  a small town east of Prague, on the trail of scrolls saved from a synagogue there, which he’d first seen in Manchester.”

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Lord Dubs

tonight (sunday 19th), 11.48-11.57pm, on bbc world service radio
the history hour (presented by max pearson) includes …

Louise Hidalgo talks to the British Lord who fled the Nazis in Czechoslovakia as a six year old on the Kindertransport.”

(if you miss it, available from 0:42:10 to 0:51:00 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04wkryb#playt=42m10s)

The wrong war

yesterday evening (thursday 16th), 11.00-11.50pm, on bbc 4 tv (repeated from september 1997, september 1998, and july 2000, all on bbc 2)
the wrong war (3rd of 6 episodes in the nazis: a warning from history series) (narrated by samuel west) (written and produced by laurence rees)

“With the help of archive footage and interviews with eye-witnesses, including former diplomats and members of the Nazi party who had never appeared on television before, this film charts the course of Hitler’s road to war.”

including contributions from …
herbert dohring, hitler bodyguard
• economist and banker johannes zahn
manfred von schroder, diplomat
karl boehm-tettelbach, adjutant, ministry of war
• sir frank roberts, british foreign office
reinhard spitzy, secretary to von ribbentrop
suzi seitz, nazi youth leader
walter kammerling, viennese jew

“Just as in Germany, the Nazis made the Jews their scapegoats: ‘You were completely outlawed, there was no protection from anywhere, anybody could come up to you and do what they want, and that’s it’.”

anna krautwurmowa, czech resistance (more…)

HARDtalk: Sir Nicholas Winton, 105

yesterday evening (thursday 2nd), 9.30-9.55pm, on bbc news tv (freeview channel 80 or 130)
hardtalk: sir nicholas winton, 105 (repeated from november 2014) (more…)

Kindertransport: Barbara Winton and Lord Alf Dubs

tomorrow morning (wednesday 21st), 9.00-9.45am, on bbc radio 4 (partially repeated at 9.30pm)
midweek (presented by libby purves) includes …

Barbara Winton is the daughter of Sir Nicholas Winton who orchestrated the Kindertransport, a rescue mission in which 669 children were evacuated from Czechoslovakia in 1938 and 1939.
Barbara’s biography tells the story of her father’s daring plan to transport mainly Jewish children to be placed with foster parents in the UK.
One of the children was six-year-old Alf Dubs, now Lord Alf Dubs.
Sir Nicholas has received several honours including a knighthood and the Czech Republic’s highest civilian honour – the Order of the White Lion. If it’s not Impossible – The Life of Sir Nicholas Winton is published by Matador.”

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Kafka’s The Trial

this morning (thursday 27th), 9.00-9.45am, on bbc radio 4 (shortened repeat at 9.00pm)
in our time (presented by melvyn bragg, with elizabeth boa, ritchie robertson, and steve connor) discusses the trial by kafka, a german-speaking jew in prague (more…)

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