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Posts tagged ‘Neil MacGregor’

The search for a state

this morning (thursday 30th), 9.45-10.00am, on bbc radio 4 (repeated 7.45pm)
the search for a state (presented by neil macgregor) (29th episode of 32 in the living with the gods series) includes …

“An over-printed coin from 2nd century Jerusalem tells of the failed attempt of Shimon bar Kokhba to lay claim to a state for the Jews, free from Roman rule.”

including contributions from …
mary beard
guy stiebel, archaeologist at tel aviv university (more…)

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Rejecting the image

this morning (friday 17th), 9.45-10.00am, on bbc radio 4 (repeated 7.45pm)
rejecting the image (presented by neil macgregor) (20th episode of 31 in the living with the gods series) includes …

“A reflection on faiths which focus on the word rather than the image … In Jewish religious ceremonies a yad – a small silver rod with a little hand and a pointing index finger – is used to follow the text during readings from the Torah, to avoid any damage to the delicate parchment.”

including contribution from …
rabbi julia neuberger (more…)

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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The new German Jews

tomorrow morning (thursday 6th), 9.45-10.00am, on bbc radio 4 (repeated 7.45pm and 12.30am)
the new german jews (in the germany: memories of a nation series) (more…)

At the Buchenwald gate

tomorrow morning (friday 31st), 9.45-10.00am, on bbc radio 4 (repeated at 7.45pm)
at the buchenwald gate (in the germany: memories of a nation series)

Neil MacGregor visits Buchenwald, one of the earliest and largest concentration camps.”

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Germany: money in crisis

this evening (wednesday 29th), 7.45-8.00pm, on bbc radio 4 (repeated from 9.45am)
money in crisis (in the germany: memories of a nation series): neil macgregor concludes with …

(0:12:34) “This hundred million mark banknote here in the British museum was preserved and then turned into an election leaflet in 1927. On the reverse, overprinted, is an anti-semitic cartoon:
A huge radiant swastika hangs in the sky, as in front of it cowers the caricature of a Jewish financier with hook nose and huge grasping hands. There’s text first in Yiddish and then in German: “Germans, with this scrap of paper the Jew has cheated you out of your honest money. Give him your answer, vote Verkischsocial”, a party closely aligned to the Nazis.

In Nazi ideology, it was not just the German economy that was threatened by the Jews, so was every aspect of German society …”

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Germany’s degenerate art

tomorrow morning (thursday 30th), 9.45-10.00am, on bbc radio 4 (repeated at 7.45pm)
purging the degenerate (in the germany: memories of a nation series)

Neil MacGregor examines how the Nazis attacked art they viewed as ‘entartet‘ – degenerate.

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