MEMO 348

April 21, 2013

MEMO 348 A weekly overview of information of interest to minority ethnic communities in Scotland, including parliamentary activity at Holyrood and Westminster, new publications, consultations, forthcoming conferences and news reports.



Mon, 04/22/2013 - 09:55

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yesterday morning (sunday), 9.32-9.40am, on bbc radio 4:
anne frank's stepsister, eva schloss's, views about anne's musical preferences are relayed by deborah moggach, who adapted her diary for the 2009 bbc tv series
(in reply to justin bieber's comment "hopefully she would have been a belieber")
(on the "broadcasting house" programme)
if you missed it, you can still listen online, at 0:32, or download it, at


monday morning, 11.00-11.30am, on bbc radio 4: Ode to Finchleystrasse:
(3rd of 3 episodes of "Journeys down my Street": the previous ones were about somalis and poles)

"Amidst all the coverage of contemporary migration to Britain, it is easy to forget the older generations of immigrants, from across the world, who have settled here and made Britain their home.
Journeys Down my Street is a new series in which Mike Berlin, an urban historian from Birkbeck College, University of London, visits individual streets at the heart of such communities, to hear the stories of earlier immigrants - their arrival, their early lives and their observations on Britain today.

3.Ode to Finchleystrasse
After the Nazi annexation of Austria, 75 years ago in March 1938, Vienna's large Jewish community fled - some to Glasgow and Manchester but the vast majority to the area of North-West London close to Swiss Cottage.
The area became so full of German-speaking refugees that anecdotes tell of war-time bus conductors calling out "Finchleystrasse - Passports Please!" as the bus drew up at the top of the Finchley Road.
The shops and cafes are no longer there, but a vibrant group of elderly refugees share their memories of Finchleystrasse with historian Mike Berlin and reflect on their conflicting desires to recreate the best of Vienna whilst assimilating into British society."

if you miss it, you can still listen online at


Tue, 04/23/2013 - 16:19

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yesterday morning (monday), 7.48-7.51am, on bbc radio 4:
Thought for the Day by Clifford Longley:

"… We need to be careful here, for [Jesus] prefaces his remark by saying, 'You've heard it said "Love your neighbour and hate your enemy".'
But nowhere does the hebrew bible actually say that.
Indeed, the book of Leviticus tells us not only to love our neighbour as ourselves, but to treat a stranger as a neighbour.
Part of the unfortunate baggage that Christianity brings with it is the harmful myth – for that is what it is – that Christ taught compassion not forgiveness, while the Old Testament taught vengeance and an eye for an eye.
It's not entirely irrelevant that the Boston hospital that treated the two terrorist suspects so humanely – the Beth Deaconness Medical Centre – was a joint Jewish-Christian foundation.
Clearly the two faiths have a common ethos …"

(if you missed it, available online soon at


this afternoon (tuesday), 1.45-2.00pm, on bbc radio 4:
Noise, a Human History (epsiode 27 of 30): Radio everywhere:

"Radio seemed like magic to begin with, then the Nazis exploited its darker powers."


this evening (tuesday), 9.00-10.00pm, on bbc 4 tv (freeview channel 9):
Death Camp Treblinka: Survivor Stories:

"The dark heart of the Nazi holocaust, Treblinka was an extermination camp where over 800,000 Polish Jews perished from 1942.
Only two men can bear final witness to its terrible crimes.
Samuel Willenberg and Kalman Taigman were slave labourers who escaped in a dramatic revolt in August 1943.
One would seek vengeance in the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, while the other would appear in the sensational trial of Adolf Eichmann in 1961.
This film documents their amazing survivor stories and the tragic fate of their families, and offers new insights into a forgotten death camp."

(repeated from august 2012)
(if you miss it, available online for a week after, at )


Wed, 04/24/2013 - 09:01

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tonight (wednesday), 11.05pm--1.40am, on bbc 1:
Munich, starring eric bana, daniel craig, geoffrey rush (2005):

"Drama based on the Israeli response to the 1972 Olympic massacre, telling the story of the hunt for the terrorists."



Thu, 04/25/2013 - 17:05

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this evening (thursday), 9.00-10.00pm, on bbc 4 tv (freeview channel 9):
Jerusalem: An Archaeological Mystery Story, directed by ilan ziv:

"The exile of the Jewish people has played a central role in Christian and Jewish theology for nearly 2,000 years, even being mentioned in Israel's national anthem and its declaration of independence.
But what if the exile never actually happened?
This documentary looks at new evidence that suggests the majority of the Jewish people may not have been exiled following the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD.
Travelling from Galilee to Jerusalem and the catacombs of Rome, the film invites us to review and rethink our ideas around the exile, raising important ethical questions about its impact on present-day Middle Eastern issues along the way."


Fri, 04/26/2013 - 09:41

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this morning (friday), 11.00-11.30am, on bbc radio 4:
Anna Freud and Child Observation:

"Claudia Hammond presents the history of psychology series which examines the work of the people who have changed our understanding of the human mind.
This week she reflects on the enduring impact of Anna Freud's approach.
By insisting on observation in her nurseries, she promoted the understanding of the child's perspective.
Her continuing legacy can be seen in the way children are cared for in hospital and within the legal system today.
Claudia explores how Anna, the only one of Freud's six children to follow him into the field of psychoanalysis, started out as a teacher in 1920s Vienna and soon identified the toddler age as crucial to the child's future emotional development.
After she fled to London with her father in 1938, she set up the Hampstead War Nurseries, the foundation for the Hampstead Child Therapy Course and Clinic, which became the Anna Freud Centre after her death in 1982.

Claudia visits the Centre to meet Nick Midgley, a child psychotherapist there, and Dr Inge Pretorius, who is in charge of the Parent Toddler service.
She also meets students training to be child psychotherapists, who are taught to observe in minute detail the interaction between children and carers in the way Anna Freud pioneered.
At one of the Centre's therapeutic parent toddler group parents explain what sets it apart from other groups, and discovers that today the Anna Freud Centre is breaking new ground with its Developmental Neuroscience Lab, using EEGs to further their understanding of the psychology of children and adolescents.
Co-Director of the Centre, Mary Target, believes Anna Freud would have approved, though many within psychoanalysis are sceptical of this approach."


(i don't know whether they're jewish … just guessing from the names …)

tonight (friday), 11.55pm-12.00, on bbc radio 4:
Hannah and Ruth - Hannah and Her Sisters:

"Fi Glover presents a conversation between twins about their relationship with each other and with their severely disabled elder sister in Radio 4's series that proves that it's surprising what you hear when you listen
The Listening Project is a Radio 4 initiative that offers a snapshot of contemporary Britain in which people across the UK volunteer to have a conversation with someone close to them about a subject they've never discussed intimately before …"


Fri, 04/26/2013 - 09:42

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this evening (friday), 7.30-7.55pm, on channel 4:
Unreported World: Gaza's Property Ladder:

"In war-torn Gaza, 'Location, Location, Location' means finding an apartment in one of the highly sought-after areas that are usually not shelled or hit by missiles.
Reporter Seyi Rhodes and producer Daniel Bogado examine what must be one of the world's most unlikely property booms

The Unreported Team visits the area of Gaza where most of the tunnels are found. It's estimated that around half a billion US dollars-worth of goods pass through them every year.
The Hamas government benefits by taxing the tunnel trade, but the tunnels have also created around 1000 dollar-millionaires in five years. This new wealth is also helping fuel the property boom.

But while the wealthiest benefit, the majority of Gaza's residents have been hit hard by the property boom and the rise in prices.
Shijaia is a neighbourhood with some of the lowest house prices in Gaza City. Not just because of how run down it is, but also because it's a border area with Israel, which means it's vulnerable to shelling and rockets during conflict. …"

(for full details see


Fri, 04/26/2013 - 18:35

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saturday night, 11.30pm-0.00, on bbc radio 4:
What I read to the dead: Wladislaw Szlengel:

Writer Eva Hoffman explores the extraordinary verse and little known life of Wladislaw Szlengel, poet of the Warsaw Ghetto.
Before the war and the Nazi invasion of Poland, he had written poetry in his native tongue and witty lyrics for popular tunes sung in the nightclubs of Warsaw.
But confinement in the Warsaw Ghetto and its increasingly tragic circumstances changed Szlengel's work into urgent bulletins for both fellow Jews, trapped inside the walls of their prison city, and his former Polish neighbours.
Szlengel wrote until his last days which came with the discovery of their hiding place in April 1943.
Poems like The Little Station of Treblinka, What I Read to the Dead and Counterattack captured with ruthless immediacy the confused, terrifying, days and nights of Ghetto life until the beginnings of the doomed uprising in 1943 that finally brought total destruction.

The station is tiny,
Three firs grow in a line,
This is Treblinka station,
Says the ordinary sign.

There's not even a cashier's window,
A porter's room? Do not seek it.
For a million you won't get
A simple return ticket.

People read aloud Szlengel's verses in their hiding places.
In them they recognized not just their plight but their own humanity as family and friends continued to be deported.
His poetry survived in versions committed to memory by a handful of survivors, in a small cache of poems kept safe and buried in a unique, secret archive and, decades later, in the form of a sheaf of pages found hidden inside a table marked for firewood.

I am looking through and sorting the poems that were written to those who are no more.
Read it. This is our history.
This is what I read to the dead.

poems read by Elliot Levey
already available online at

selected szengel poems are available at
see also
listen also to Voices from the Ghetto, permanently available at


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