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The road to Treblinka

this evening (thursday 9th), 11.00-11.50pm, on bbc 4 tv (repeated from october 1997, october 1998, and august 2000, all on bbc 2)
the road to treblinka (5th of 6 episodes in the nazis: a warning from history series) (narrated by samuel west) (written and produced by laurence rees)

“How could it happen? How was it possible that the Nazis created killing factories in order to exterminate the Jews and others they thought ‘undesirable’? … The Road to Treblinka traces the decision-making process that led to one of the greatest crimes the world has ever seen – the Holocaust.”

including contributions from …
adolph buchner, SS pionierbataillon, eastern front
christine von amsberg, heydrich family friend
wilhelm gunsilius, photographer
viera silkinaite, witness to 1941 kaunas massacre
walter frentz, cameraman
riva losanskaya, escaoee from butrimonys massacre
alfonsas navasinskas, witness to butrimonys massacre
juozas gramauskas, witness to butrimonys massacre
petras zelionka, lithuanian auxiliary police, war crime trial witness
jutta rudiger
gunther ruschin, berlin jew
erwin massuthe, witness to berlin deportations
alfons schulz, switchboard operator, hitler’s headquarters
samuel willenberg, treblinka survivor (more…)

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No luggage, no return

yesterday evening (friday 27th), 7.03-7.33pm, on bbc radio solent
no luggage, no return (1943 radio play, by norman collins) (presented by • dr james jordan and • professor tony kushner, both of southampton solent university)

A radio play unheard since 1943, about a train to Treblinka, and a train from Treblinka..
Acted by Troy Chessman and Cameron Carmichael, of Southampton Solent University.”

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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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Death Camp Treblinka

this evening (wednesday 27th), 10.00-11.00pm, on bbc 4 tv (repeated from august 2015, april 2013 and august 2012)
death camp treblinka: survivor stories (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 http://www.channel5.com/shows/world-war-2-in-colour/episodes/closing-the…) (more…)

Defiance (2008)

tomorrow evening (saturday 20th), 9.00-11.05pm, on bbc 2 (previously shown on bbc 4, when it was followed by a documentary, death camp treblinka: survivor stories, see http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01m1l9w)
defiance (2008), starring daniel craig (who also starred in Munich, 2005, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munich_%28film%29)

“Four Jewish brothers in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe escape into the Belarussian forests, where they join Russian resistance fighters and endeavor to build a village in order to protect themselves and about 1,000 Jewish non-combatants.”

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Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Composer of the week

monday to friday afternoons (2nd to 6th june), 12.00-1.00pm, on bbc radio 3 (repeated 6.30pm)
mieczyslaw weinberg (1919-1996) “the greatest composer you’ve probably never heard of” (in the composer of the week series)

“Over the past seven decades, Composer of the Week has delved into just about every major composer in classical music, and plenty of less well-known ones too. As the programme reached its 70th birthday last year, Donald Macleod challenged listeners to come up with the name of a deserving composer who had never previously been featured.
Suggestions flooded in, over four-and-a-half-thousand of them, and of these, more than 20 made the case for an obscure Soviet composer of Polish-Jewish origin, Mieczyslaw Weinberg.
Weinberg’s music is well represented on CD, and as Donald heard more and more of it, his astonishment that he hadn’t come across it before grew commensurately. So all this week, Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Mieczyslaw Weinberg, in the company of writer, broadcaster and champion of unjustly neglected composers, Martin Anderson.”

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