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ATC: Ellen Davis

this morning (sunday 19th) and next sunday morning, 9.00-9.30am (repeated 5.30am tuesday, and repeated from 2005), on bbc radio wales

holocaust survivor (2 episodes, in the all things considered series) (interviewed by peter baker

“1. Ellen Davis arrived in Swansea as a bewildered 10 year old, having been put on a train in Germany without explanation, forced to leave behind her parents and the brothers and sisters she had cared for all her life. We hear about that traumatic escape, and about the impact of Nazi rule on her young life.

2. Ellen Davis shares her first impression of the childless Jewish couple she was placed with in Swansea, where she still lives.

She recounted her experiences in the book Kerry’s Children and at 91 she continues to speak out.”


Kindertransport stories

date unknown, on bbc radio 5 live 

kindertransport survivors remember nicholas winton (presented by rhod sharp) (in the up all night series)

“• Renata Laxova and • John Fieldsend were on the last kindertransport train to reach the UK. They pay tribute to organiser Sir Nicholas Winton and tell their stories.“


Not forgotten

last thursday morning (5th december), 11.35-11.58am, on bbc radio 4 

not forgotten (presented by anna freeman) (in the sketches: stories of art and people series) includes …

“Featuring Nudrat Afza, a self-taught photographer documenting the dwindling congregation of Bradford’s last synagogue, and Arek Hersh, a Polish holocaust survivor, whose visit to a secondary school in the Lake District inspired an incredible art project involving six million buttons, one for each person in the Holocaust.”

including contributions from …

• bbc reporter mair bosworth

• photographer nudrat afza

rudi leavor, leader of the bradford tree of life synagogue

• bbc reporter becky ripley

arek hersh, born 1928, poland

• artist and curator trevor avery 


Train to safety

monday 18th november, 11.45-11.58am (repeated 9.45pm), on bbc radio 4 extra

the train to safety (presented by becca bryers) (in the multi story shorts series) 

“Eva arrived in the UK as a child, fleeing Nazi persecution and hoping to be reunited at a later date with her family in Czechoslovakia. She shares her memories with the grandchildren of another Kindertransportee.”

including contribution from …

eve leadbeater 


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.”


Witness: Stephanie Shirley

wednesday 28th august, 8.50-9.00am, on bbc world service radio

the kindertransport children who fled the nazis  (presented by mike lanchin) (in the witness history series)

“In the months leading up to outbreak of World War Two in September 1939, some 10,000 unaccompanied children were sent by their parents out of Germany and Austria, to safety in the UK. Many of them never saw their families again.

Dame Stephanie Shirley was just five years old when she and her older sister were put on a train by their mother in Vienna. She has been telling Mike Lanchin about arriving in a foreign land as a little girl.”


Kindertransport & Syrians

this afternoon (tuesday 24th), 4.00-4.30pm (repeated from 16th august), on bbc radio 4 

the syrians and the kindertransport (presented by nikki tapper)

Ruth Shire is 98 and Lia Lesser is 88, and they are both Jewish. Louai and Murad are in their 30s and are both Muslims. Despite those obvious differences, these four people have much in common – especially their experience of having to flee the countries they grew up in because of war [sic].


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