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Marcel Reich-Ranicki

tomorrow afternoon (friday 5th), 1.45-2.00pm, on bbc radio 4 (repeated from 2012)
shakespeare goes global (presented by neil macgregor) (last of 20 episodes in the shakespeare’s restless world series)

“On the 22nd of July 1942, the German SS announced that all the Jews in Warsaw would, in the euphemism of the day, be resettled to the camp at Treblinka. It was, effectively, a death sentence.
… 22-year-old Marcel Reich-Ranicki was one of those exemptions. Now, over 90 years old, and Germany’s leading literary critic, he told his story to the German parliament in January 2012. A German-Polish Jew, he was working for the Judenrat, the council of Jews set up by the Nazis. He had no wife or children, but he was engaged, and he realised that if he acted straight away, he could prevent his fiancee from being resettled. He must marry her at once. … ‘I still remember the Shakespearean line that occurred to me at the time, “Was ever woman in this humour wooed?” ‘ … At this time of extreme need, the only words this German Pole found were Shakespeare’s.”

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