yesterday morning (tuesday 19th), 8.50-9.00am, on bbc world service radio
the ‘woman in gold’ (presented by louise hidalgo) (in the witness history series)
“The ‘Woman in Gold’ was one of Gustav Klimt‘s most famous paintings. It was a portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, but it was taken from her family by the Nazis and only returned to them after a long legal battle.
Louise Hidalgo has been speaking to • Randol Schoenberg, the young lawyer who took on the case.”
tuesday 29th october, 8.50-9.00am, on bbc world service radio
the paris hotel that hosted holocaust survivors (presented by louise hidalgo) (in the witness history series)
“At the end of the Second World War the grand Parisian hotel, the Lutetia, was allocated to receive thousands of prisoners and Nazi concentration camp survivors returning home from across a ravaged Europe.
Louise Hidalgo talks to two people for whom the Hotel Lutetia played a crucial role in 1945: • Maurice Cling, author of un enfant á aushcwitz, and • Christiane Umido who, as a young girl, was reunited there with her father. ”
thursday 5th september, 8.50-9.00am, on bbc world service radio
the holocaust denial trial (presented by rebecca kesby) (in the witness history series)
“The controversial historian, David Irving, tried to sue Penguin Books and professor Deborah Lipstadt for libel after she called him a Holocaust denier in one of her books. The case drew intense media interest.
• Deborah Lipstadt told Rebecca Kesby what it was like to have to defend her work and the memories of survivors of the Holocaust at the High Court in London in 2000. History was on trial.”
wednesday 28th august, 8.50-9.00am, on bbc world service radio
the kindertransport children who fled the nazis (presented by mike lanchin) (in the witness history series)
“In the months leading up to outbreak of World War Two in September 1939, some 10,000 unaccompanied children were sent by their parents out of Germany and Austria, to safety in the UK. Many of them never saw their families again.
• Dame Stephanie Shirley was just five years old when she and her older sister were put on a train by their mother in Vienna. She has been telling Mike Lanchin about arriving in a foreign land as a little girl.”
thursday 28th march, 8.50-9.00am, on bbc world service radio
the secret nazi past of kurt waldheim (presented by louise hidalgo) (in the witness history series)
“• Lawyer Eli Rosenbaum, on whose information the New York Times story was based, tells Louise Hidalgo how he helped to expose the truth about Kurt Waldheim’s wartime record and how UN war crimes files naming Kurt Waldheim had lain hidden for decades in the vaults while Waldheim was UN Secretary General.
Kurt Waldheim was standing for election to the Austrian presidency when the allegations first emerged in the New York Times in March 1986.”