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Posts tagged ‘Poland’


tomorrow afternoon (monday 9th), 2.15-3.00pm, on bbc radio 4 

mira (written by claudine toutoungi) (2nd of 7 dramas in this is your country now too, a series about the experience of child refugees since 1939)

Mira Hamermesh’s real-life story of her escape at fourteen from Nazi-occupied Poland to Palestine, is dramatised from Mira’s memoir The River Of Angry Dogs.


WH: Tehran Children

yesterday morning (wednesday 27th), 10.31-10.41am, on bbc radio 4 

woman’s hour (presented by jane garvey) includes …

“The extraordinary true story of one thousand Polish-Jewish child refugees who escaped the Nazis and found refuge in Iran.”  

including interview with …

mikhal dekel, author of tehran children

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Children of courage 5

tuesday 22nd october, 8.30-8.55pm (repeated 8.35pm sunday), on bbc radio alba 

romek (10) – life in the ghetto (5th of 8 episodes in the children of courage series) (in gaelic and polish, with english subtitles)

The diaries of children from the ghettos are among the most impressive testimonies of the Second World War and the Holocaust.

Romek (10) belongs to a gang of smuggler children. Together with his friend Shlomo, he smuggles his father’s last book out of the ghetto to exchange it for food. From his last run, he brings not only a few potatoes but also some unsettling news: the ghetto is to be closed. His father tries to reassure him, but Romek investigates further in the ghetto, because his mother is very ill.

From Shlomo he learns that the Jews are to be killed in the so-called labour camps.


Today/Nh: Renia’s Diary

this morning (wednesday 11th), 8.22-8.27am, on bbc radio 4 (repeated 1.44pm and 9.20pm saturday on newshour on bbc world service radio)

today (presented by nick robinson and john humphrys) includes…

The secret diary of Renia Spiegel, a Polish teenager who was shot dead by Nazi soldiers in 1942 is being published, having recently been discovered after 70 years lying untouched in a bank vault. Renia’s Diary, A Young Girls Life in the Shadow of the Holocaust,  has been compared to Anne Frank’s diary. In it, she writes about night-time bombing raids, the disappearance of other Jewish families, and the creation of the ghetto.”

including contributions from …

• bbc reporter rebecca jones

• niece alexandra bellak 

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Twt/Nh: Polish guilt

yesterday evening (thursday 29th), 10.35-10.44pm, on bbc radio 4 (repeated 1.20pm and 9.21pm saturday on newshour on bbc world service radio)

the world tonight (presented by chris morris) concludes with …

Did some Poles cooperate with the Germans? Specifically, did any actively participate in the massacre of Jews? And then there’s the issue of land seized by the Nazis – according to the World Jewish Restitution Organisation, tens of thousands of people are still eligible to get compensation for property that was taken, compensation which has never been paid.”

including contributions from …

• bbc reporter paul moss

• claimant elisabieta fizsowska

• lawyer stefan jetsenno

agnieska haska, polish centre for holocaust research

magdalena pecul-kudelska, campaign group citizens of poland

witold waszczykowski, MEP, former foreign minister, law and justice party


6ocn: Polish effigy

this evening (monday 22nd), 6.24-6.26pm, on bbc radio 4

six o’clock news includes …

“The World Jewish Congress has condemned an Easter ritual in a town in Poland, during which an effigy of Judas Iscariot depicted as an Orthodox Jew was hanged beaten and burnt.”

including report from …

• bbc reporter danny eberhart


Bartok, Beethoven, Szymanowski

yesterday morning (sunday 16th), 1.00-3.00am, on bbc radio 3
bartok, beethoven and szymanowski (presented by john shea) (in the through the night series) includes …

”The 70th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Poland and Israel, marked by a concert given by Israel Camerata Jerusalem.”


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