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Witness: Danzig 1939

monday 2nd september, 8.50-9.00am, on bbc world service radio 

the outbreak of world war two (in the witness series) 

“On September 1st 1939 German forces invaded Poland. Douglas Slocombe, a British cameraman, was there at the time and filmed the build-up to the war. In 2014 he spoke to Vincent Dowd about what he saw in Gdansk and Warsaw, before escaping from the country.”

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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

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6ocn/MN: Warsaw remembered

this evening (thursday 2nd), 6.27-6.29pm (repeated 12.25am on midnight news), on bbc radio 4 

six o’clock news concludes with …

“In Israel, a ceremony of remembrance has been taking place at a kibbutz established by Jewish survivors of the uprising in the Warsaw ghetto. In 1943, Jews imprisoned in the largest ghetto under Nazi occupation rose up against the German army, temporarily halting their deportation to extermination camps. An estimated 13,000 were killed. The service marks 70 years since the kibbutz was founded, and is being held on Israel’s Holocaust Memorial Day.”

including contributions from …

• bbc reporter tom bateman

• holocaust survivor avery fisher

yoram harpaz, author of the spring children

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P4t: Marks 24/4/2019

yesterday morning (wednesday 24th), 5.45-5.48am, on bbc radio 2

pause for thought by laura marks

Passover: ‘We were slaves, but now we are free’.”

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WDYTYA: Jane Seymour

thursday 27th september, 2.45-3.45pm, on bbc 2 tv (repeated from august 2015 on bbc 1, and february 2016 and september 2017)
jane seymour (narrated by cherie lunghi ) (2nd episode, 12th series, of who do you think you are)

“Actress Jane Seymour grew up in London but knows that her father’s side of the family originally came from Poland. She suspects that they suffered in the Holocaust but has never known what happened. In particular, she wants to find out the fate of her two paternal great-aunts, Jadwiga and Michaela Frankenburg, and their families.
Jane’s search for the truth takes her to Warsaw – where she discovers that although Jadwiga managed to escape the ghetto, she was tragically separated from her family – and to Marseilles, where she follows Michaela and her family in a terrifying flight to Switzerland as they flee the Nazis.”

including contributions from …
• professor anita prasmoska
• historian dr karen adler
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Syrena songs

saturday 4th aug, 2.06-3.00pm (repeated 8.06pm sunday 5th), on bbc world service radio
syrena songs (presented by monica whitlock) (in the music extra series)

Monica Whitlock tells Syrena Rekord’s story and travels to Warsaw to hear from a new generation of musicians recreating Syrena’s sound.
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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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