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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.”


Witness: Kristallnacht 80

friday 2nd november, 8.50-8.59am, on bbc world service radio
my kristallnacht story: nora krug (interviewed by kirsty reid) (in the witness series)

“Writer and artist Nora Krug investigated what happened in her hometown of Karlsruhe on the ‘night of broken glass’ or Kristallnacht, and wrote a book, Heimat, about her family’s wartime history.”


Albert Speer

last friday morning (24th august), 8.50-9.00am, on bbc world service radio
roger george clark – interviewing hitler’s architect (in the witness series) (presented by louise hidalgo)

“Among the leading Nazi inmates in Berlin’s Spandau prison, which was closed in August 1987, was Hitler’s architect and minister of war, Albert Speer. He was the only top Nazi who later apologised for the Holocaust, although he claimed he never knew it was happening.
Louise Hidalgo has been speaking to the journalist Roger George Clark, who interviewed Speer in 1979, a decade after his release, at his home in West Germany.”

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Witness: Ephraim Halevy

this morning (thursday 9th), 8.50-9.00am, on bbc world service radio
israel’s secret peace envoy: ephraim halevy (interviewed by louise hidalgo) (in the witness series)

“In August 1994 Yitzhak Rabin became the first Israeli leader publicly to visit Jordan. But in fact talks had been going on for years. Former head of Mossad, Ephraim Halevy, was Israel’s secret peace envoy. He’s been telling Louise Hidalgo about Rabin and King Hussein of Jordan’s clandestine meetings during the often fraught road to peace.”


Witness: Shlomo Argov

this afternoon (tuesday 5th), 8.50-9.00am, on bbc world service radio
the assassination attempt that sparked a middle east war (presented by simon watts) (in the witness series)

“In June 1982, the Israeli ambassador to the UK, Shlomo Argov, was shot and critically injured by a Palestinian gunman outside the Dorchester Hotel in London. The attack was the trigger for the start of the devastating war in Lebanon just days later. Simon Watts talks to Shlomo Argov’s son, Gideon Argov.”


Witness: Monica Juul

yesterday morning (wednesday 25th), 8.50-9.00am, on bbc world service radio (repeated from 2012)
monica juul: the oslo peace talks (presented by louise hidalgo) (in the witness series)

Top secret negotiations in Norway during 1993 eventually led to an Israeli-Palestinian agreement which became known as the Oslo Accord. Norwegian diplomat Mona Juul was one of the people who helped keep the talks on track.”


Witness: Bergen-Belsen 2

last wednesday morning (18th april). on bbc world service radio
surviving bergen-belsen (in the witness series)

“Holocaust survivor Hetty Verolme, 88, returns to the Nazi concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen where, as a 15 year old girl, she spoke to the BBC’s Patrick Gordon Walker in April 1945, just days after gaining her freedom.”


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