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BC: Schindler’s Ark

sunday 2nd december 2007, 4.00-4.30pm (repeated 4.00pm thursday), on bbc radio 4
schindler’s ark (presented by james naughtie) (in the bookclub series)

Thomas Keneally discusses his Booker Prize-winning novel Schindler’s Ark(more…)

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

Schindler’s List

this morning (saturday 4th), 10.30-11.00am, on bbc radio 4
schindler’s list (in the and the academy award goes to series) (presented by paul gambaccini)

“With 12 nominations in 1993, the film won 7 Oscars, including cinematography for • Janusz Kaminski, and art direction for • Allan Starski, who recall their confrontations with the evils that happened in their homeland, whilst shooting the movie.
Rena Finder was just 10 years old when she first came into contact with Oskar Schindler: ‘He would put his hand on my head and ask me, how are you little one?’


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