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Witness: Crimes of the Wehrmacht

last monday morning (4th may), 8.50-9.00am (repeated 12.50pm, 6.50pm, and 4.50am), on bbc world service radio  

the wehrmacht exhibition that shocked germany (in the witness history series) (presented by lucy burns) …

“An exhibition about the role of the German army the Wehrmacht during the Second World War caused a scandal when it launched in Hamburg in March 1995. “War of Annihilation: Crimes of the Wehrmacht 1941-1944” was a key moment in Germany’s reassessment of its Nazi past – but it was highly controversial.”

including interview with …

• eshibition curator hannes heer 

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Witness: Count Bernadotte

last wednesday morning, 8.50-8.59am (repeated 12.50pm 6.50pm and 4.50am), on bbc world service radio 

the assassination of the un’s first middle east mediator (in the witness history series) (presented by louise hidalgo

“The UN’s first Middle East mediator, Count Folke Bernadotte, was assassinated in Jerusalem in 1948. A Swedish diplomat and member of the Swedish royal family, Count Bernadotte was killed by Jewish extremists four months after being appointed to try to bring peace to what was already proving to be one of the most intractable conflicts in the world.”

including interview with …

• son bertil bernadotte

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Witness: Randol Schoenberg

this morning (thursday 2nd), 9.30-9.45am, on bbc radio 4 (repeated from 19th november 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.”

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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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Witness: Pieter Menten

yesterday morning (monday 18th), 8.50-9.00am, on bbc world service radio

the millionaire nazi war criminal (presented by alex last) (in the witness series)

“The story of how one of the wealthiest men in the Netherlands was exposed as a Nazi war criminal. In the 1970s, Pieter Menten was a respected art dealer, but it was revealed that during the Second World War, he had led mass killings in eastern Poland. We hear from • Dutch journalist, Hans Knoop, whose investigation into Menten caused a national scandal and finally led to the millionaire’s arrest.”

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Witness: Mengele search

friday 22nd february, 8.50-9.00am, on bbc world service radio
how science ended the search for josef mengele (in the witness series) (presented by thomas pappon)

An international panel of experts gathered in Brazil in 1985 to identify the remains of a man thought to have been Josef Mengele, the infamous doctor from Auschwitz, and one of the most wanted war criminals of the 20th century.
‘To see that this man was finally in his grave was important’ says Eric Stover, part of the team of American and German experts who examined the body from a cemetery near São Paulo. Mengele’s family in Germany claimed that it was his.”

including interviews with …
eric stover
• ‘mengele’ twin jona laks
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Witness: Hitler’s secretary

this morning (monday 4th), 8.50-9.00am (repeated 1.50pm, and at 12.50pm on outlook), on bbc world service radio
traudl junge: the death of hitler (in the witness series)

“A first-hand account of Hitler from our archives. • Traudl Junge worked as a secretary for the German Nazi leader. She was in the bunker in Berlin when he killed himself in 1945 as the Red Army closed in. She spoke to • Zina Rohan for the BBC in 1989.”

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Witness: Oliver Gebhardt

monday 17th january 2011, on bbc world service radio
oliver gebhardt: kindertransport (interviewed by nina robinson) (in the witness series)

“Over 10,000 Jewish children were brought to Britain from Nazi Europe in the months leading up to World War II.
They travelled on trains which became known as the kindertransports.”

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Witness: Yasser Arafat

last thursday morning (november 22nd), 8.50-8.59am, on bbc world service radio
leila shahid: the last days of yasser arafat (interviewed by louise hidalgo) (in the witness series)

“• Leila Shahid was the Palestinian ambassador to France in 2004, and was with Yasser Arafat during his final days.
French doctors treating him at the military hospital in France where he died said Arafat had an unidentified blood disorder and gave the cause of death as a stroke. Since then there have been allegations that he was poisoned.”

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Witness: Lisa Cooper

last tuesday morning (13th november), 8.50-9.00am, on bbc world service radio
jewish in imperial russia: lisa cooper (interviewed by dina newman) (in the witness series)

Pearl Unikow was a young woman who grew up in a segregated Jewish community in Russia before WW1. Her stories, recorded in Yiddish in the 1970s, provide a rare account of traditional Jewish life. Her granddaughter Lisa Cooper wrote a book based on those recordings: A Forgotten Land: Growing Up in the Jewish Pale.”

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