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W@1: Tom Stoppard

yesterday afternoon (thursday 13th), 1.30-1.34pm, on bbc radio 4 

world at one (presented by sarah montague) includes …

Leopoldstadt is Sir Tom Stoppard’s latest tragi-comic play.”

including interview with …

• theatre critic michael billington


FR: Tom Stoppard

this evening (tuesday 11th), 7.16-7.30pm, on bbc radio 4 

front row (presented by john wilson) leads with interview with …

• playwright tom stoppard 

“ ‘How Jewish were we?’

Sir Tom Stoppard speaks about how, in the 1990s, he came to appreciate his own Jewishness and how, now in his 80s, he came to write what might be his last play, Leopoldstadt, about a family whose tragic story parallels that of his own.


Nh: The Ephrussis

this afternoon (thursday 21st), 2.55-2.59pm, on bbc world service radio

newshour (presented by james menendez) concludes with …

“In front of me is a glass case containing a small carved ivory hare with amber eyes. It’s one of a collection of netsukes, Japanese carvings, collected by the Ephrussi family, and their descendant Edmund de Waal has given them as a long-term loan to the Jewish Museum in Vienna.”

including contributions from …

• historian bethany bell

edmund de waal

danielle spera, director of vienna jewish museum

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FOOC: The Ephrussis

this morning (thursday 14th), 11.09-11.15am, on bbc radio 4 

from our own correspondent (presented by kate adie) includes …

“In Austria, the descendants of holocaust victims, as well as the victims themselves, will soon be able to apply for citizenship, and to do so without renouncing their other nationalities.

At the Jewish Museum in Vienna, Bethany Bell met Edmund de Waal, who’ll be applying … he tells the story of his ancestors, the Ephrussis, a wealthy Jewish banking family from Odessa, who had lived in Vienna until the Nazi takeover in 1938, when their palace and property were seized and the family fled.”


COTW: Gustav Mahler

last wednesday morning (25th september), 12.00-1.00pm, on bbc radio 3

gustav mahler (1860-1911): god (3rd of 5 episodes) (in the composer of the week series) (presented by donald mcleod)

“3. Mahler’s ambivalent relationship to religion.

Mahler is often quoted as declaring himself “thrice homeless – as a native of Bohemia in Austria, as an Austrian among Germans, as a Jew throughout the world – always an intruder, never welcomed.” But while he may have been culturally Jewish he certainly wasn’t devoutly observant, and he wore his Judaism lightly enough to have no problem with converting to Catholicism when it suited him for professional purposes – in 1897 he was offered the directorship of the Vienna Court Opera, but only on condition that he switched faiths.


HMD: Radio Scotland

this morning (sunday 27th), 11.44-11.56am, on bbc radio scotland
sunday morning with … (presented by cathy macdonald) concludes with …

Father and son Gustav and Fritz Kleinmann were Austrian Jews taken to Buchenwald concentration camp in 1939. They fought to stay together and survive the Holocaust. Their story is now told by author Jeremy Dronfield in ‘The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz’, written with the help of Gustav’s secret diary, and the testimony of the surviving son of the family, Kurt Kleinmann.”

including interview with …
jeremy dronfield, author of the boy who followed his father into auschwitz
• younger son kurt kleinmann

Outlook: Inge Ginsberg

last sunday morning, 10.06-10.30am (repeated from 10.06pm saturday 6th), on bbc world service radio
inge ginsberg (presented by emily webb) (in the outlook series)

Inge Ginsberg has had many lives. After escaping the Holocaust, she ended up as a songwriter to the stars in Hollywood. Now, with perhaps her most unlikely incarnation yet, she performs heavy metal music to screaming fans.”


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