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.”
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.
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
every afternoon this week and next (monday 8th to friday 19th), 1.45-2.00pm, on bbc radio 4
the ratline (10 episodes, written and narrated by philippe sands) (in the intrigue series)
“Philippe Sands investigates the mysterious disappearance of senior Nazi Otto Wachter, who was indicted for mass murder. The Ratline is a story of a curious death, political intrigue, spies, Nazi hunters, shadowy forces in the Vatican, and a son grappling with the sins of his father.
1. The Secrets in the Castle: Philippe begins by travelling to a castle outside Vienna to meet Horst Wachter, an old man who believes his father was murdered, while a voice from the past offers up clues to how it might have happened.
this morning (tuesday 4th), 6.30-7.00am (repeated 1.30pm, 8.30pm, and 1.30am) (repeated from february 2014, and from october 2009 on bbc radio 4), on bbc radio 4 extra
my yiddisher mother tongue (presented by david schneider)
“Writer and comedian David Schneider goes on a personal journey through Yiddish culture and language.
Schneider, who first came to fame on The Day Today and I’m Alan Partridge, is the grandson of a Yiddish playwright and a Yiddish actress. He returns to Whitechapel and Vienna, where his grandparents performed, and considers the rich thousand-year history of the language.”
including contributions from …
• michael grade
• professor dovid katz
• michael wex, author of born to kvetch
• general colin powell, “who picked up the language in his teens when he worked in a Jewish toy store in New York”
• mother mrs schneider
• translator heather valencia
• jewish theatre historian brigitte dalinger
this morning (wednesday 11th), 7.51-7.54am, on bbc radio 4
thought for the day, by bishop nick baines
“How did Germany go from Johann Gottfried Herder to Hitler in a mere century?”