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Today: Tom Stoppard at 80

this morning (saturday 1st), 8.21-8.30am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by sarah montague and mishal husain) includes …

“Sir Tom Stoppard will be 80 years old on Monday … He was born Tomas Straussler in what was then Czechoslovakia, arriving here as a child after fleeing the Nazis. When we spoke at his home in North London, very close to the Grenfell tower, I asked him if he remembered seeing England for the first time.”


Mietek Pemper

yesterday evening (thursday 15th), 11.10-11.24pm, on bbc radio 2
the radio 2 arts show (presented by jonathan ross) includes …

“Jonathan interviews • Claire Ferguson, director of the film Destination Unkown, and • holocaust survivor Ed Mosberg, who talks about Mietek Pemper.”
Mietek Pemper? He was the secretary to Amon Goeth, and I was in the same office, so I knew him but he didn’t know me … it took me 18 months to convince him that he give his testimony to mr Roberts, Because without him in my opinion there would be no Schindler’s List, because he intercepted a letter from Berlin to Amon Goeth to liquidate the factory.
Pemper told this to his friend Isaac Stern who was a bookkeeper for Schindler, that they were going to liquidate, they had to do something. He asked Pemper to tell this to Schindler, and he refused, he said I cannot tell this to Schindler because he’s a drunk, I don’t trust him.
But Stern convinced him, so he went to Schindler, and told him you have to make some changes, make some ammunition. His answer was I make money on the black market with the pots and pans, who will pay me for ammunition when I’m manufacturing? He said no you have to do it. So he changed this, started making some ammunition, and he notified Amon Goeth, Amon Goeth notified Berlin, and this is how the factory remained working.”

(if you missed it, available from 1:10:27 to 1:23:40 at

Today: Ed Mosberg

this morning (thursday 15th), 8.50-8.55am, on bbc radio 4 (repeated 9.23pm on newshour on bbc world service radio)
today (presented by nick robinson ) includes …

“This week, the film Destination Unknown is released, a documentary that mixes testimony and archive to tell the stories of 12 Holocaust survivors who hid, fought as partisans, and endured concentration camps.
Ed Mosberg, 92, is the film’s central character. He was in the Kraków-Płaszow and Mauthausen concentration camps.”


BC: Lodz ghetto

this morning (sunday 4th), 11.45-11.50am, on bbc world service radio (repeated from 10.45pm yesterday)
boston calling: look closer (presented by marco werman) includes …

“We visit a Boston exhibition of the photos of Henryk Ross, official photographer of the Lodz ghetto, including photos of the deportations

including contributions from …
• reporter nina porzucki
kristen gresh, curator of photography at the museum of fine arts in boston
(see photos at (more…)

P4t: Marks 30/5/2017

last tuesday morning (30th may), 5.47-5.51am, on bbc radio 2
pause for thought by laura marks

Forgiveness: ‘It is my place, and the place of every person, not to forget and to ensure that we learn from the past‘.”


Woman in Gold

yesterday evening (saturday 13th), 8.30-10.10pm, on bbc 2
woman in gold (2015), with helen mirren, henry goodman, charles dance, jonathan pryce, and elizabeth mcgovern

“An Austrian-Jewish refugee living in Los Angeles launches a legal campaign to reclaim a Gustav Klimt painting stolen from her family by the Nazis. Drama based on a true story.”


Witness: Maurice Papon

this morning (friday 12th), 8.50-8.59am, on bbc world service radio (repeated in the history hour on sunday evening)
the trial of maurice papon (presented by louise hidalgo) (in the witness series) (more…)

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