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Posts tagged ‘Germany’

BBC Alba: Anti-semitism

yesterday evening (thursday 19th), 8.30-9.00pm (repeated 8.00pm sunday 22nd), on bbc alba tv 

anti-semitism (in the eorpa (europe) series) (presented by andrew mackinnon) (in gaelic and german with english subtitles)

Anti-Semitism is on the rise throughout Europe. Many synagogues now require tight security, and many Jewish people are worried about publicly expressing their faith on the street. Germany has seen a rise in anti-Semitic attacks over the last few years – something which is particularly worrying in the year in which the 75th anniversary of the liberation of many concentration camps, Auschwitz amongst them, is being remembered. Over six million Jews were murdered at the hands of Nazi Germany during World War Two. The number of Jewish survivors from these atrocities  is falling every year, but those that are left warn of the dangers which accompany anti-Semitism today.

Andrew MacKinnon is in Berlin to hear from those who have suffered from recent attacks, and to hear about what can be done to curb this rise in prejudice.”

including interviews with …

 • jewish berlin parents: schoolteacher gemma michalski, and • wenzel michalski of human rights watch 

• rabbi yehuda teichtal, attacked with son 2019 

felix klein, commissioner for jewish life in germany and the fight against anti-semitism

horst seferens, sachsenhausen memorial and museum 

• survivor assia gorban, pechora camp, b.1933 ukraine

juliane wetzel, centre for research on anti-semitism, berlin

hugh bronson of afd,

• former anti-semite syrian refugee abdullah saleh 

lothar eckstein, of former jewish clothing brand manheimer

• food-tour guide itay novik  


The ‘German Christian’ movement

thursday 9th march 2017, 1.00-2.00pm, online only 

two kingdoms in the third reich (lecture by professor alec ryrie) (in the gresham lectures series)

“Nazism was not a Christian movement in any meaningful sense but German Protestants of the 1920s and 1930s shared many Nazi assumptions and voted disproportionately for the Nazi party, partly in the hope that they might use it for their own ends.

One result was the ‘German Christian’ movement, which tried to create a dejudaised Christianity which the Nazi state would accept with a place in the coming Aryan utopia.”

(if you missed it, available with transcript at

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.


6ocn: German citizenship

yesterday evening (friday 30th), 6.18-6.20pm, on bbc radio 4 

six o’clock news includes …

“Germany has introduced measures to make it easier for the descendants of those who fled Nazi rule, most of them Jews, to reclaim German citizenship.”

including contributions from …

• bbc reporter jenny hill


After Hitler 1

yesterday evening (thursday 14th), 10.30-11.15pm, on bbc alba tv (repeated from november 2017)

after hitler 1 (1st of 2 weekly episodes) (in gaelic, with english subtitles)

“These two programmes compile unseen Russian, British, German, French, Canadian and American archives and unique images of daily life of the people that were caught up in this aftermath.

… A shattered Europe had to rebuild, heal its wounds, and deal with the fall-out from a barbarous conflict, whilst sketching the outlines of its future. Millions of men and women who had been deported, interned, or subjected to forced labour, waited for months to return to their homelands and for many civilians, the aftermath of the war was even more brutal than the conflict itself.”


Newshour: Einstein letter

this afternoon (tuesday 13th), 2.54-2.59pm on bbc world service radio
newshour (presented by julian marshall) concludes with …

”Long before the rise of Adolf Hitler, Germany was a dangerous place to be Jewish. In 1922, the eminent German scientist Albert Einstein was very much aware of the gathering clouds in a letter written to his sister Maya, and which is to be auctioned today in Jerusalem.”

including interview with …
• professor hanoch gutfreund, director, einstein centre, hebrew university of jerusalem

Art of Germany 3

this evening (monday 3rd), 8.00-9.00pm, on bbc 4 tv (repeated 3.00am) (repeated from june 2015 and december 2010)
in the shadow of hitler (presented by andrew graham-dixon) (3rd of 3 episodes of the art of germany series)

Andrew Graham-Dixon concludes his exploration of German art by investigating the dark and difficult times of the 20th century.

British Jews, German passports

this evening (tuesday 2nd), 10.45-11.20pm, on bbc 1 (repeated from thursday 13th april)
british jews, german passports (produced by richard pearson and mike smith) (narrated by lesley sharp)

We follow three British Jews as they decide whether to activate a clause in the German constitution that permits descendants of German refugees to reclaim citizenship.


Warning from history (1 of 2)

yesterday evening (thursday 2nd), 11.00-11.50pm, on bbc 4 tv (repeated from september 1997, september 1998, and july 2000, all on bbc 2)
helped into power (1st of 2 episodes in the nazis: a warning from history series) (narrated by samuel west) (written and produced by laurence rees)
including contributions from …
jutta rudiger
fridolin von spaun
alois pfaller, communist youth
eugene levine, communist youth
emil klein, nazi member
bruno hahnel, nazi youth leader
wolfgang teubert, storm trooper
• economst and banker johannes zahn
josef felder, social democratic mp, 1932-33

Today: German citizenship

this morning (tuesday 16th), 8.40-8.43am, on bbc radio 4 (similar interview on newshour on bbc world service radio this afternoon, from 0:45:00 to 0:49:00 at
today (presented by john humphrys) includes …

“The German embassy in London has received several hundred requests from Britons about German citizenship since the EU referendum, including some from descendants of Jewish refugees who fled Nazi Germany. They are looking to use a little known provision in German law which allows for refugees and their descendants to have their citizenship restored.
One of them is the British Jewish author Thomas Harding who has written* about his family’s experience in fleeing from Germany in the 1930s.”

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