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Outlook: Chuetas

yesterday afternoon (wednesday 2nd), 12.33-12.47pm (repeated 6.33pm), on bbc world service radio 

outlook (presented by emily webb) includes …

“When American Dani Rotstein touched down on the Spanish island of Mallorca, looking to start a new life, he thought he would struggle to meet other Jewish people. But to his suprise, there was a whole network for him to tap into: a community of Chuetas – Jewish people who’d had to forcibly convert to Catholicism hundreds of years ago.

Emily Webb hears about Dani’s friendship with Miquel Segura, a descendant of one of them, who has brought Jewish customs back to the island.”


Outlook: Saul Dreier

this afternoon (monday 29th), 12.06-12.19pm (repeated 6.06pm and 4.06am), on bbc world service radio

outlook (presented by jo fidgen) includes …

Saul Dreier is a Holocaust survivor and musician. He’s always tried to find the joy in life – even in Nazi concentration camps where he taught himself to play the spoons. After World War Two, he moved to the US and stopped playing music. That is until he was 89 years old, when he felt the urge to buy a drum kit and start a klezmer band.”

including report from …

• bbc reporter rafael rojas 


Outlook: Lipa Schmeltzer

this afternoon (monday 22nd), 12.32-12.47pm (repeated 6.32pm), on bbc world service radio

outlook (presented by jo fidgen) includes …

Lipa Schmeltzer has been called the Jewish Lady Gaga. That’s because Lipa’s style of traditional singing is filled with pop flair. He grew up in a Hasidic Jewish family in upstate New York, without much influence from the outside world. His father was a Holocaust survivor and wanted Lipa to become a rabbi.

But the pull of music proved too strong for Lipa. First he was involved with the traditional singing of his community, and then found pop when he heard it for the first time on the radio aged 20.

Colm Flynn went to meet him.”


Outlook: Looking for Grandad

22nd november 2018, 12.06pm (partly repeated 12.23pm today), on bbc world service radio

looking for grandad – from new york to samoa (presented by rhianna dhillon) (in the outlook series)

“When Lennard Davis received an email from a stranger who said Lennard was his closest living relative, he thought it must be a scam. Lennard is a Jewish professor from New York, and the stranger claimed to be from a line of Polynesian chieftains. It took four years and the unravelling of two family secrets to solve the puzzle.”


Posthumous fathering

this afternoon (wednesday 27th), 12.06-12.29pm (repeated 6.06pm), on bbc world service radio

becoming a parent years after dying (presented by emily webb) (in the outlook series)

“Before Baruch Pozniansky died aged 25 in Israel, he said that he wanted to have a child, and gave a sperm sample. So his mother began a seven-year campaign to find a woman to have his baby.”

including interview with …

liat malka

• mother julia pozniansky

(see also


Outlook: Melville Edelstein

this morning (sunday 17th), 10.06-10.30am (repeated 12.06am), on bbc world service radio

soweto uprising: what happened to my dad? (presented by mpho lakaje) (in the outlook series)

“In 1976, the Johannesburg township of Soweto erupted into protest. Students were furious with the government decision to make Afrikaans a language of instruction in South African schools. Afrikaans was associated with apartheid and white rule by many black South Africans, and not everyone could speak it. The protests were met with brutal force by the police, and hundreds of students died in the ensuing gunfire.

In the midst of the chaos was Dr Melville Edelstein, a white man involved in various humanitarian causes in the township.

Students who had fled the gunfire suddenly turned their anger on him, and he was killed in the street. His daughter Janet Edelstein was just 12 at the time, and she’s spent many years trying to find answers about what happened that day.”

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Outlook: Jonas Noreika

this afternoon (thursday 14th), 12.06-12.29pm (repeated 6.06pm), on bbc world service radio
outlook (presented by emily webb) leads with …

“Growing up in the United States, Silvia Foti couldn’t have been more proud of her Lithuanian heritage, in particular her grandfather, Jonas Noreika. Silvia’s family had crossed the Atlantic after the Second World War but she always knew that, back in Lithuania, her grandfather was seen as a war hero. She’d been told that he’d been executed at the age of 37 for standing up to the Soviet regime and trying to lead a rebellion against their occupation of Lithuania. Silvia tells Emily Webb how a chance conversation on a trip to Lithuania made her question everything she’d learnt about her past.”

including interviews with …
silvia foti
grant gochin

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