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Henry Orenstein

this afternoon (tuesday 24th), 6.33-6.42pm, on bbc world service radio (repeated from 12.33pm)
outlook (presented by jo fidgen) includes …

Henry Orenstein, 94, is an entrepreneur in the US who not only brought the highly successful Transformers toys to the market, but also revolutionised television poker to make it the billion dollar industry it is today.
His early life in Poland was very difficult.”



Poland: the wild east

last thursday evening (23ed februaru), 11.00-11.50pm, on bbc 4 tv (repeated from september 1997, september 1998, and july 2000, all on bbc 2)
the wild east (4th of 6 episodes in the nazis: a warning from history series) (narrated by samuel west) (written and produced by laurence rees)
includes contributions from …
danuta grocholska, housemaid of arthur greiser
charles bleeker kohlsaat ethnic german pole
• german soldier wilhelm moses
irma eigi baltic german resettled in poland
romuald pilaczynski ‘germanised’ pole
anna jeziorkowska deported pole
franz jagemann german army interpreter
stefan kasprzyk witness to deportations, 1940
fritz arlt senor nazi, general government
estera frenkiel of the lodz ghetto
eugen zielke, ethnic german shopkeeper, lodz (more…)

World War II in Colour: Poland

last friday evening (14th november), 7.00-8.00pm, on channel 5 tv
closing the ring narrated by robert powell (colourised versions of original black-and-white film: part of the world war ii in colour series)

“This episode concentrates on Hitler’s attempts in the latter end of 1944 to shift the balance of power back in his favour.”

concludes with a history (and film) of the extermination of jews in poland, in babi yar and elsewhere by the einsatzgruppen, and in the camps at belzec birkeanu chelmno maidanek sobibor and treblinka, and of reports reaching london
(if you missed it, available at…) (more…)

Jewish life in Poland

this evening and tomorrow evening (monday 11th and tuesday 12th), 10.00-10.45pm, on bbc radio 3
significant others – jewish life in poland (in the sunday feature series) (repeated from july 2013 – on a sunday, of course!) (more…)

In Darkness (2011)

sunday evening (27th july), 9.45pm-12.00, on bbc 4 tv (freeview channel 9)
in darkness (in polish, subtitled, 2011)

In Darkness is a dramatization of a factual rescue of Jewish refugees.
For over a year, a Polish Catholic sewer maintenance worker and burglar, Leopold Socha – along with his friend and coworker Szczepek Wróblewski – hid and cared for a group of hunted Polish Jews who had escaped the massacres and deportations during the liquidation of the Lwów Ghetto, at first helping them in exchange for daily payment, but then continuing to do so long after the Jews’ money had run out, and aiding them had become ever more dangerous.”


Poland’s Jewish renaissance

tomorrow morning (sunday 26th), 9.30-10.00am, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
(repeated monday 3.30pm)
generation unexpected: poland’s jewish renaissance (in the heart and soul series)

“Over the past decade Poland has been experiencing what many are calling a Jewish Renaissance – fuelled by a new unexpected generation of young Poles intent on discovering their Jewish roots.
Nowhere is this more evident in Kazimierz, Krakow’s old Jewish Quarter. (more…)

From our own correspondent: David Mazower

yesterday morning (saturday 9th), 11.24-11.30am, on bbc radio 4:
from our own correspondent: bbc correspondent david mazower, of polish jewish origin, tells several stories of what his relatives, including menachem mendel spiro, lost in the holocaust, to contrast with those who lost expensive paintings (more…)

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