MEMO 353

May 26, 2013

MEMO 353 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.



Fri, 05/31/2013 - 17:59

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sunday evening, 8.00-9.00pm, on channel 4 tv:
Spying on Hitler's Army: The Secret Recordings

This powerful docudrama tells the story of one of World War II's last secrets.
British intelligence undertook an audacious operation to listen in on the private conversations of 10,000 German prisoners of war without their ever knowing they were being overheard.
The prisoners' unguarded reminiscences and unintentional confessions have only just come to light, and prove how closely the German army were involved in the atrocities of the Holocaust.
In this programme, they are dramatised - word for word - from the original transcripts.
British intelligence requisitioned three stately homes for this epic task, and converted each into an elaborate trap.
The 100,000 hours of conversation they captured provided crucial intelligence that changed the course of the war, and revealed some of its worst horrors, from rape to mass executions to one of the earliest bulletins from the concentration camps.
But when the fighting ended, the recordings were destroyed and the transcripts locked away for half a century. Only now have they been declassified, researched and cross-referenced.
Nicholas Farrell (Secret State, The Iron Lady) leads the cast playing the real-life German generals who were held at one of the houses: Trent Park in Middlesex.
The programme also features the historian who uncovered the transcripts, and one of the surviving 'listeners': a hidden army, largely made up of German-speaking Jewish refugees, who had to transcribe accounts of appalling anti-Semitic crimes while never betraying their existence to the men they spent every day monitoring.


Mon, 01/12/2015 - 08:55

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last wednesday evening (31st december), 9.19-9.24pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
newshour (presented by lyse doucet) includes …

"Palestinians seek ICC membership"

including interviews with …
• palestinian negotiator mohammed shtayyeh
(if you missed it, available from 0:14:00 to 0:19:15 at or at


yesterday afternoon (sunday 4th), 1.06-1.15pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107) (repeated 9.49-9.58pm)
newshour (presented by james menendez) leads with …

"Israel freezes Palestinian tax funds"

including interviews with …
saeb erekat
danny danon
(if you missed it, available from 0:01:00 to 0:10:20 at or at


this afternoon (monday 5th), 4.30-5.00pm, on bbc radio 4
moses (in the beyond belief series)

"Moses has always been good box office even before Ridley Scott's blockbuster movie hit the cinema screens on Boxing Day. There was Charlton Heston in The Ten Commandments; the cartoon Prince of Egypt. It's a great story - Ancient Egyptian pharaohs and pyramids, babies in baskets, plagues, the parting of the Red Sea, and a great chase.
The story of Moses is the seminal one for Jews; without him they would never have become a people. But he's important for Muslims and Christians too. And the story of a people being rescued from slavery and journeying to the Promised Land has been claimed by countless groups down through the ages.
Ernie Rea is joined by Maureen Kendler, teaching fellow at the London School of Jewish studies, Shuruq Naguib, lecturer in Islamic Studies at Lancaster University, and the Rev Keith Hebden, Anglican Priest in Nottingham and author of 'Seeking Justice: The Radical Compassion of Jesus'."

(if you miss it, available at


tomorrow morning (tuesday 6th), 11.30am-12.00, on bbc radio 4
sasha's song

"As the Moscow Jewish Acapella Choir marks its 25th anniversary, Monica Whitlock hears its story and encounters Sasha's world.
In a rapidly changing Russia, Sasha Tsaliuk continues to fight for the existence of his beloved choir.
Formed as the Soviet Union collapsed around him, Sasha came to the choir as conductor when it was a potent, exciting and hopeful symbol of the new Russia. Here was music both sacred and folk that had been arrested, buried and silence by Communism, anti-semitism and the hammer blow of war- it was the return of those voices long stifled.
Whilst many of Sasha's contemporaries left to begin new lives abroad Sasha stayed, believing the choir offered hope and progress for the best of modern Russian values. Tsaliuk had once performed in the legendary Big Soviet Children's Choir, beloved across all of the Soviet Union. Singing to the Party highups and travelling the length and breadth of the Union.
Now Sasha lives to revive Jewish Russian music; the music of the vanished world of his grandparents.
His choir has won international acclaim on its many tours and draws diverse audiences at home. Frequently it performs for the mega rich who find it charming and fashionable. But Sasha's perfect dinner jacket hides deep worries.
The choir perennially struggles for funding and the Russia he hoped would be home to the choir is perplexingly different and volatile. Every night, Sasha is up late on Skype scouring the world for sponsors."

(if you miss it, available at


yesterday evening (thursday 8th), 7.24-7.30pm, on bbc radio 4
front row includes …

"As part of the research for his 1985 landmark documentary about the Holocaust, Shoah, director Claude Lanzmann interviewed Benjamin Murmelstein, the president of the Jewish Council who ran the "model ghetto" of Theresienstadt under the Nazis.
Lanzmann has turned the previously unseen footage into The Last of the Unjust, a new documentary about Murmelstein and the Theresienstadt concentration camp.
Anne Karpf reviews."

(if you missed it, available from 0:09:00 to 0:15:00 at


this evening (friday 9th), 11.00-11.25pm, on bbc 3 tv (freeview channel 7)
when you wish upon a weinstein (last episode of 3rd series of family guy)

"Peter attempts to convert Chris to Judaism to help him perform better at school."

(not available on iplayer)


this sunday evening (11th january), 8.00-10.00pm, on itv
foyle's war: trespass (2nd episode of season 9)

"The second episode of the series explores the tangled web of British promises to create a state of Israel in British Palestine
When a young man is assaulted in the grounds of a university, Foyle wonders if the attack is racially motivated as the victim is the wealthy son of a high profile Jewish businessman
Tensions are also starting to run high in London with Guy Spencer, a charismatic right-wing leader, but it looks like there may be more to his prison release than meets the eye, and Spencer is in fact being set up to take the spotlight off a dangerous espionage operation involving MI6. 
Sam meanwhile is determined to help a young boy she meets in hospital suffering from whooping cough; the NHS is still to come on-line and she sees that Adam’s constituents are in need of greater state care after the deprivations of the war."

(if you miss it, available at
(see also


Mon, 01/19/2015 - 09:05

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last saturday afternoon (10th january), 1.31-1.37pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
newshour (presented by julian marshall) includes …

"… there are more Jews in France than in any other European country, and in the wake of the attacks in Paris which also resulted in the deaths of 4 people at a Jewish supermarket, Israel's prime minister has asked the French president to keep up the increased security at Jewish institutions even after things return to normal. Anti-semitic attacks in France have been on the rise, as have the number of French Jews leaving the country. So what impact is this latest attack likely to have?"

including interviews with …
shimon samuels, director of international affairs at the simon wiesenthal centre in paris
(if you missed it, available from 0:26:35 to 0:32:30 at or at


last saturday afternoon (10th january), 5.19-5.25pm, on bbc radio 4
pm (presented by eddie mair) includes interviews with …
• rabbi gabriel stern
• gay imam ludovic-mohamed zahed
(if you missed it, available from 0:19:14 to 0:24:50 at


yesterday afternoon (sunday 11th), 1.00-1.30pm, on bbc radio 4
the world this weekend (presented by mark mardell) reports on the demonstrations in paris by inviting an obscure professor from new york to condemn freedom of expression in israel
includes interviews with …
• professor aaron kundei of the centre for terrorism studies at john jay college in new york (unlisted)

(0:24:38) Kundei: "What would be good is to see a genuine movement for freedom of expression, but if we were doing that we certainly wouldn't be having Netanyahu attend, for example."
"Why not?"
Kundei: "Well, the Israeli government has been responsible for killing multiple journalists over the last couple of years in Gaza, in this country we're seeing through the war on terror quite a restriction on freedom of expression, we've actually put people in prison over the last couple of years, for the books they own, so what has happened here is that freedom of expression has become a kind of slogan and a kind of icon of western values but it's not a genuine commitment to freedom of expression, it's more about saying htis is something that we have, in the West and you don't have, it's the them and us mentality that is part of the problem here."

(for israeli response, see
rene gerard, chief foreign correspondent of Le Figaro
(if you missed it, available at


yesterday afternoon (sunday 11th), 3.38-3.41pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107) (repeated 10.38pm)
boston calling: on the move (presented by marco werman) includes …

"Frimet Goldberger leaves her ultra-Orthodox community of Kiryas Joel in New York, and learns to drive."

(if you missed it, available at

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MEMO 422 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.
includes the complete text of all uk parliamentary questions on: immigration and asylum / equality / racism, religious hatred and discrimination
and links to uk parliamentary debates and uk bills in progress


this afternoon (monday 12th), 1.05-1.17pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
newshour (presented by james coomarasamy in paris) leads with …

"Troops Guard French Jewish schools"

including interviews with …
sabine reutman, pr consultant
yonathan arfi, vice-president of crif
(if you missed it, available from 0:00:45 to 0:12:00 at or at


this evening (monday 12th), 8.00-8.30pm, on bbc radio 4 (repeated from december)
olive wars (presented by jeremy bowen) (and produced by cara swift: "#Gaza #Israel:This is humankind’s most grievous cancer, for its cells infect conflicts in every corner of the world") …
essentially a bbc propaganda programme about the west bank

"… Jeremy Bowen, who has been reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since 1991, finds that the status quo in the West Bank guarantees more bloodshed. He concludes that is not just disastrous for Palestinians and Israelis. At a time when the whole world can feel the impact of the tumult in the Middle East, it's not good for the rest of us either."

(already available at


yesterday afternoon (sunday 11th), 4.48-4.49pm, on bbc news tv (freeview channel 80 or 130)
bbc news special from paris includes …

BBC reporter Tim Willcox again raises the Jewish question
"… BBC reporter Tim Willcox linked rising anti-Semitism and Palestinian suffering “at Jewish hands” , and urged the woman to see the “different perspectives” on Jew hatred in Europe.
The woman, identified as Chava — originally from Israel, and the daughter of Polish Holocaust survivors — compared the situation in Europe in the 1930s to the present, saying she felt “not secure” in France, and later clarifying that unlike the period leading up to the Holocaust, the current situation can still be improved before it is too late.
“We have to not to be afraid to say that the Jews, they are the target now,” she said.
The BBC interviewer, Tim Willcox, interjected: “Many critics, though, of Israel’s policy would suggest that the Palestinians suffered hugely at Jewish hands as well.”
The flustered Chava proceeded to say that the two should not be conflated, when Willcox continued: “But you understand, everything is seen from different perspectives?”
Willcox later apologized in a Twitter post for the “poorly phrased question”."
(if you missed it, available at
(but not available on bbc iplayer)


yesterday evening (monday 12th), 6.05-6.47pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
world have your say (talk programme, presented by chloe tilley) leads with …

"France has taken dramatic measures to reassure its Jewish community in the wake of last week's attacks. Extra security is in place at all Jewish schools in France, and leading politicians have promised they'll do everything to protect Jews.
We ask some French Jews if it's enough to stop them thinking about leaving."

including contributions from …
marc weitzman, author of
michele teboul, president of crif
angie, teacher of english in dijon
ofer bronstein, a french israeli who received a palestinian passport in 2011 from mahmoud abbas
benjamin, politics student, 27
(if you missed it, available at


this morning (wednesday 14th), 11.00-11.30am, on bbc radio 4
mein kampf: publish or burn?

"Everyone's heard of it. Few may have read it, or have any idea of its remarkable publishing history. For all its bizarre style and bombast, Mein Kampf was Hitler's broadest statement of his aims and beliefs. Had the world understood its meaning, it's been claimed, the Nazi catastrophe might have been averted.
It's a book that made Hitler rich and its ability to make money after his death has continued to pose sensitive problems. For the last 70 years the Bavarian authorities have effectively banned its republication in German through their control of the copyright. But this year, 2015, Mein Kampf's copyright expires. So what happens next?
Chris Bowlby has been investigating Mein Kampf's strange history and future, both in Germany and beyond. He hears of its strange popularity in India and the intriguing story of its translation into English."

(if you missed it, available at


tonight (wednesday 14th), 11.35pm-1.00, on bbc 1
Keeping Up with the Steins (2006)

"Comedy starring Daryl Sabara. A 13-year-old Jewish boy facing his Bar Mitzvah tries to figure out what it means to be a man."

(not available on iplayer)


yesterday evening (wednesday 14th), 9.50-9.55pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
newshour (presented by tim franks) includes …

"Prominent rabbi calls for designated people in the Jewish communities and institutions to be allowed to own weapons for the essential protection of their communities, as well as receiving the necessary training to protect their members from potential terror attacks."

including interviews with …
• rabbi menachem margolin, director general of the rabbinical centre of europe and the european jewish association
(if you missed it, available from 0:45:00 to 0:50:00 at or at


this morning (thursday 15th), 8.22-2:29am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by justin webb and john humphries) includes …

"By the end of the Second World War 130,000 women had passed through the gates of Ravensbruck concentration camp, between 30,000 and 50,000 of them died there.
Ravensbruck was a camp specifically for women, some were Jewish but most were not. There were political prisoners there, prostitutes, gypsies, the mentally ill.
The story of the women of the camp, what happened there, and what happened to those who got out alive, is told in a book called "If this is a woman" by the journalist Sarah Helm.
We meet Sarah, and Jewish survivor Selma van de Perre, 92."

(if you missed it, available from 2:21:30 to 2:28:30 at
(see also


this morning (friday 16th), 8.50-9.00am, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
the mystery of raoul wallenberg (presented by alex last) (in the witness series)
including contributions from …
per anger, swedish diplomat in germany
tommy lapid
annette lantos
• professor guy von dardel, younger half-brother of wallenberg

"The Swedish diplomat, Raoul Wallenberg, saved tens of thousands of Jews from the Nazis in Hungary, but he was taken into Soviet custody in January 1945 and disappeared. His fate remains a mystery."

(if you missed it, available at


this morning (friday 16th), 10.19-10.28am, on bbc radio 4
woman's hour: jenni murray interviews angela epstein and dr jonathan boyd

"Are British Jews right to be worried about security at their schools?"

(if you missed it, available from 0:18:00 to 0:27:30 at or
(see also


this sunday evening, 10.15-11.15pm, on itv 1: the seven dwarfs of auschwitz (presented by warwick davis) (in the perspectives series) (repeated from 2013)

"The Life's Too Short star tells the extraordinary survival story of the Ovitzes, a Jewish family of travelling musicians who survived imprisonment at the Nazi concentration camp during the Second World War.
The siblings endured hideous human experiments at the hands of Josef Mengele, known as the Angel of Death, but lived to see the liberation of Auschwitz and spent several months returning to their Romanian home on foot following their release from a Russian refugee camp"


this sunday evening (18th january), 7.30-10.00pm, on bbc radio 3
the jerusalem quartet live from the wigmore hall (in the radio 3 live in concert series)

"Due to the ensemble's name and their being perceived as cultural ambassadors for Israel, the Jerusalem Quartet has been subject to protests during their performances. In 2010 a performance at London's Wigmore Hall which was being broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 was disrupted by multiple hecklers. The broadcast had to be halted."
" 'We feel that it is of the utmost importance to collaborate with composers and perform contemporary music', says the Jerusalem Quartet's violist, Ori Kam. He and his colleagues (Alexander Pavlovsky - first violin, Sergei Bresler - second violin, Kyril Zlotnikov - cello) gave the première of British composer Brian Elias's vibrant String Quartet in 2013 and tonight they bring the work to Wigmore Hall for the first time, along with favourites from the repertoire."

• Haydn: String Quartet in G minor Op. 74 No. 3 'Rider'
Brian Elias: String Quartet
8.15-8.35: Interval
Schumann: String Quartet in A Op. 41 No.3
(if you miss it, available at


lasst saturday morning (17th january), 7.27-7.30am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by sarah montague and mishal husain) includes …

"Heightened Concern" for Jewish community safety following Parisian attack:
Jewish teenagers at a London synagogue spoke to Sanchia Berg following the attacks in Paris:
"Being Jewish, it touched everyone who felt they knew what would it would be like if it was them"
"I feel scared for other religions because they are being misinterpreted".
Senior Rabbi: 'This has been a very difficult week, I think people have been anxious. But I think as the week has gone on, people have got a sense of perspective of what is our fear, and what is a reaction to the terrible things that happened in France'."

includes interviews with …
• rabbi mark goldsmith
• rabbi laura janner-klausner
(if you missed it, available at


yesterday morning (sunday 18th), 7.15-7.22am, on bbc radio 4
sunday includes …

"Last week's attacks in Paris have stoked fears amongst the Jewish community and the number of inquiries of people making "Aliyah" (returning to Israel) has risen from hundreds to 2,000 since the attacks.
John Laurenson reports from Paris."

includes interviews with …
roger cukierman, president of crif
(if you missed it, available from 0:05:30 to 0:12:30 at


Mon, 01/19/2015 - 16:55

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So Ed Milliband says we should ask if Israel's response to the attacks from Gaza were proportionate. Okay, Ed, why don't you answer the question? I have a question for you? Was Britain's civilian targeted attacks on Dresden in WWII proportionate?


Fri, 01/30/2015 - 16:01

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programmes related to Holocaust Memorial Day:

(for Scottish educational resources, see


tomorrow evening (saturday 24th), 9.00-10.20634
, on channel 4 tv
holocaust: night will fall (narrated by helena bonham carter)

"Holocaust: Night Will Fall is a powerful new documentary about the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps and how combat and newsreel cameramen filmed the almost unbelievable scenes encountered there.
When Allied forces liberated the Nazi concentration camps in 1944-45, their terrible discoveries revealed for the first time the full horror of what had happened.
Making use of British, Soviet and American footage, the Ministry of Information’s Sidney Bernstein (later founder of Granada Television) aimed to create a documentary that would provide lasting, undeniable evidence of the Nazis’ unspeakable crimes. He commissioned a wealth of British talent, including his friend Alfred Hitchcock.
There were even secret talks with Hollywood director Billy Wilder (Some Like it Hot), himself an Austrian refugee from the Nazis. Yet, despite initial support from the British and US Governments, the film was shelved. It was considered too sensitive for the rapidly changing political climate.
Now, 70 years on, Bernstein’s film has been restored and completed by Imperial War Museums.
This eloquent, lucid documentary by André Singer (executive producer of the award-winning The Act of Killing) tells the extraordinary story of filming the camps and the fate of Bernstein’s project, using original archive footage and eyewitness testimonies.
Over 15 countries will be joining Channel 4 in broadcasting Night Will Fall in the run up to and on Holocaust Memorial Day, 27 January 2015.

(if you miss it, available at


sunday morning (25th january), 6.05-6.35am, on bbc radio 4
the wrath of god (presented by mark tully) (in the something understood series)

"The concept of The Wrath of God is a contentious one. Mark Tully asks how we can reconcile the idea of a loving God with a God of Wrath - in conversation with Rabbi Jonathan Sacks.
He discusses the evidence of God as a loving God in the Hebrew Bible and examines the idea of divine anger as a way of obviating the need for human vengeance. He also asks whether anger is an entirely negative force in the first place.
Contrasting views are offered by writers and theologians from Stephen Crane to Miroslav Wolf, and musical argument is provided by artists ranging from Mendelssohn and Britten to Yossele Rosenblatt and the Delmore Brothers."

(if you miss it, available at


sunday evening (25th january), 7.00-11.25pm, on bbc 4 tv (freeview channel 9)
shoah (1st of 2 parts: date of 2nd part not yet announced)

"Claude Lanzmann's 1985 epic documentary recounts the story of the Holocaust through interviews with witnesses - perpetrators as well as survivors."

(if you miss it, available at


last saturday morning (24th january), 11.36-11.42am, on bbc radio 4
from our own correspondent includes …

"Kevin Connolly's in Auschwitz where they are getting ready to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the death camp."

(if you missed it, available from 0:06:30 to 0:12:00 at


yesterday morning (sunday 25th), 7.32-7.39am, on bbc radio 4
sunday (presented by william crawley) includes …

"We'll hear the remarkable spiritual journey of Jewish Holocaust survivor - Miriam Freedman, a "hidden child" in Slovakia, who went on to become a teacher of yoga in London and then a follower of Sufism."

(if you missed it, available from 0:22:40 to 0:29:00 at


yesterday morning (sunday 25th), 8.10-8.50am, on bbc radio 4
sunday worship: keep the memory alive (includes testimony from ros johnson of the coventry jewish community about the lives of her family in lodz, poland)

"This week sees the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The choir and pupils of Blue Coat Church of England School & Music College in Coventry, help 'keep the memory alive' as they mark this and other genocides.
Given political tensions and outright warfare in various parts of the globe, can we find hope for the future in remembering the past?
Preacher: The Archbishop of Canterbury's Director of Reconciliation Canon David Porter;
Leader: The Revd Canon Dr David Stone;
The God of Abraham Praise (Leoni);
God, as with silent hearts we bring to mind (The Supreme Sacrifice);
The Servant Song (Gillard);
Adonai Ro'i Lo Echsar (Cohen);
I asked the Lord (arr. Formstone);
Go down, Moses (Trad arr. L'Estrange);
Si njay njay njay (Zulu trad arr. L'Estrange)."

(if you missed it, available at


yesterday (sunday 25th), 10.31-10.35am, repeated 4.31-435pm, on bbc news tv (freeview channel 80 or 130)
witness includes …

"Kitty Hart-Moxon tells of her two years at Auschwitz"

(if you missed it, available from 0:1:00 to 0:05:15 at

For SCoJeC
January 26, 2015
MEMO 424 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.
includes the complete text of all uk parliamentary questions on: immigration and asylum / equality / racism, religious hatred and discrimination
and links to uk parliamentary debates and uk bills in progress


last saturday morning (24th january), and all this week (monday to friday, 26th to 30th), 5.43-5.45am, on bbc radio 4
prayer for the day by dr ed kessler of the interfaith woolf institute
(if you miss them, available with transcript at


this afternoon (monday 26th), 1.19-1.28pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
outlook includes …

"85-year-old Hedy Pagremanski is a Holocaust survivor who paints pictures of the disappearing landscapes of New York City. She paints buildings that have been condemned, blocks that are set to be redeveloped and streets and communities that have been overlooked.
She tells reporter Matt Nelson how her motivation for capturing a particular moment comes from her experiences as a child growing up in Vienna where she and her family had to hide for months before escaping to Panama and then the United States."

(if you missed it, available from 0:14:20 to 0:23:00 at or at


this afternoon (monday 26th), 2.50-2.55pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107) (repeated from 7.40am this morning on today on bbc radio 4)
newshour (presented by james menendez) includes …

"Between 1940 and 1945, well over a million people perished in its gas chambers or from starvation, punishment beatings or being executed. The vast majority of them were Jews from across Europe. The camp also housed a long list of Hitler's other enemies: Polish political prisoners, Soviet prisoners of war, Roma, and homosexuals.
BBC correspondent Caroline Wyatt has been to Auschwitz to look for the records of her Polish natural grandfather Josef Nieciecki, who survived the camp."

including interviews with …
• dr wojciech płosa, head archivist at auschwitz-birkenau
(if you missed it, available from 0:45:00 to 0:49:40 at or at


yesterday evening (monday 26th), 9.41-9.48pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
newshour (presented by tim franks) includes …

"Croatian Jewish Oscar-winning producer, Auschwitz survivor Branko Lustig"

(if you missed it, available from 0:36:20 to 0:43:00 at or at


this evening (monday 26th), 11.20pm-12.20, on bbc 2
surviving the holocaust – freddie knoller's war (directed and produced by simon winchcombe) (part of holocaust memorial season)


this morning (tuesday 27th), 8.38-8.43am, on bbc radio 4
today includes …

"No-one can be exactly sure how many men, women and children perished in the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz near the City of Krakow, but we know it was enough to make the place an enduring symbol of the evils of Nazism and of Hitler's attempt to wipe out Jews in Europe.
Today a ceremony at Auschwitz will mark the 70th anniversary of the camp's liberation by the Red Army, and representatives of governments from many parts of the world will gather to hear the stories of the hundreds of survivors who'll be there.
But as our correspondent, Kevin Connolly, who'll be at the ceremony reports, there was a time when the survivors found it much harder to get anyone to listen to their shocking stories."

including interview with …
Thomas Geve (1929), who created paintings of his two years in Auschwitz
for paintings, see
(if you miss it, available from 2:38:00 at


this morning (tuesday 27th), 8.50-9.00am, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
witness: in 2013 sarah ehrlich interviewed simon gronowski (brussels, 1931)

"In 1943, a group of Belgian Jews escaped from a train bound for the gas chambers at Auschwitz.
In the only incident of its kind, they were helped by members of the Belgian resistance.
Simon Gronowski was just 11 years old when he jumped from the train to safety."

see also
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(if you missed it, available at


this morning (tuesday 27th), 11.00-11.30am, on bbc radio 4
anne frank's trees: keeping the memory alive (bbc "documentary of the week")
includes interviews with …
• auschwitz survivor freddie knoller (vienna, 1921)
gillian walms of anne frank trust uk
• kindertransport child ernest simon (eisenstadt, 1930)
• london guide david rosenberg,who talks about szmul zygielbojm
olivia marks-woldman, chief executive of the holcaust memorial day trust uk
aviva trupp, holocaust survivor centre manager
kim strickson and chris squires, of the kiklees buttons collection
karen pollock, chief executive of the holocaust educational trust
(if you missed it, available at


this afternoon (tuesday 27th), 1.19-1.23pm, on bbc radio 4
the world at one (presented by sean ley) includes an interview with …
avraham harshalom (born adam fridberg, 1925, in pruzhany), the subject of the 2004 film alive from the ashes
(see also
(if you missed it, available from 0:19:00 to 0:23:00 at


this afternoon (tuesday 27th), 2.35-2.41pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
newshour (presented by james menendez) includes …

"Newshour visits the 70th anniversary service at Auschwitz and interviews twins Vera Kriegel and Yona Lachs who were subjected to medical experiments"

(if you missed it, available from 0:30:00 to 0:35:40 at or at


this afternoon (tuesday 27th), 2.50-2.57pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
newshour (presented by james menendez) includes …

"Are American Jews too obsessed with the holocaust to create an American Jewish identity?"

including interviews with …
yair rosenberg of the tablet
• professor deborah lipstadt
(if you missed it, available from 0:45:25 to 0:52:00 at or at


this afternoon (tuesday 27th), 5.00-6.00pm, on bbc radio 4
pm includes the story of szmul zygielbojm
(if you missed it, available a


this evening (tuesday 27th), 7.00-8.00pm, on bbc 2
holocaust memorial day (presented by david dimbleby) (part of holocaust memorial season)

"Seventy years after the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp, more than 200 survivors attend a unique commemoration to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
Taking part are Sir John Hurt, Michael Palin, Keeley Hawes and Christopher Eccleston. Among those providing the music is cellist Simon Wallfisch, grandson of Anita Lasker-Wallfisch who played in the camp orchestra at Auschwitz. Anita will be in the audience to watch her grandson play.
Through music, poetry and powerful personal testimony, all those who were persecuted and murdered by the Nazis and those who have died in later genocides will be remembered."

• narrated by actor adrian lester
with contributions from …
• john hurt
• the prince of wales
iby knill (bratislava, 1923)
otto deutsch (vienna, 1883-1967)
laurence fox
keeley hawes
sarah lancashire
natasha kaplinsky
renee salt (poland, 1929)
ivor perl (hungary, 1932)
simon wallfisch
christopher eccleston
kemal pervanic
• historian marko attila hoare
michael palin
• chief rabbi ephraim mirvis
• gena turgel
• cantor jonny turgel
david cameron
and candles lit by …
lily ebertsabina millerann kirk, • agnes grunwald-spiersafed bukovic
(if you miss it, available at


early this evening (tuesday 27th), 8.00-9.00pm, on bbc 4 tv (freeview channel 9) (repeated from 4.00am, 12th september, 15th october, and 15th january, on bbc 2)
children of the holocaust animation: eyewitness accounts from history, brought to life in animation for a young audience
includes interviews with …
ruth rogoff (1933), from zwickau
martin kapel (1930), from leipzig
trude silman (1929), from bratislava
heinz skyte (1920), from fuerth
arek hersh (1928), from sieradz
suzanne rappaport-ripton (1936), from paris

"Elderly survivors recount their childhood experiences of Nazi atrocities; their escape from occupied mainland Europe to Britain; adapting to life in the UK; and the impact on their lives subsequently.
Heinz, a 13-year-old boy who witnesses the effects of anti-Jewish laws, Nazi demonstrations and pogroms, escapes persecution in Germany only to be arrested as an 'enemy alien' in Britain.
Trude, a frightened nine-year-old brought to England without her family on the Kindertransport, struggles to adapt to life in Britain away from her parents.
Resourceful 14-year-old Arek survives against all odds in appalling conditions in the concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Suzanne, age six, is violently separated from her parents in Nazi-occupied Paris. Deprived of her family, freedom and education, she is hidden in the countryside and forced to work on a farm.
We also get a chance to meet the real-life survivors today in short, on-camera interviews, which reflect on the effect these experiences have had on their adult lives. They discuss why it is important to keep alive the memory of those who were murdered by the Nazis and the need for Holocaust education, and they appeal for humanity to stay vigilant so that the world may never see these horrific events repeated."
"Arek Hersh was a 14-year-old Jewish boy when he arrived, after two days of travel in a sealed waggon, at the concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Born in the Polish town of Sieradz he describes the opening of the waggons and being greeted by angry dogs, barb-wire fences and SS Guards. Very quickly the separation of men on one side and women with children on the other, known as ‘Selection’, took place and Arek quickly ran to the line with the men recognising early that he had a better chance of survival.
His selection was being overseen by Mengele, an SS officer and physician in Auschwitz during World War II notorious for the selection of victims to be killed in the gas chambers and for performing unscientific and often deadly human experiments on prisoners.
The line with the women and children was sent straight to the gas chambers and murdered on arrival.
Tattooed with the number B7608, Arek had his only photographs of his family ripped away from him and given an oversized and ill-fitting striped uniform and he relates the constant battle against disease and lice experienced by the prisoners. Arek discusses the cramped and squalid sleeping barracks where upwards of 1000 men were kept together in virtual starvation and how the constant hunger kept him thinking about food.
The war and the Holocaust destroyed 81 members of his immediate family and only his sister survived."

(already available at
(trailer at


yesterday evening (tuesday 27th), 9.05-9.18pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
newshour leads with …

"Auschwitz 70 years on"

including contributions from …
roman kent (lodz, 1929)
• auschwitz twins yona lachs and • vera kriegel
• israeli author yael shahar
(if you missed it, available from 0:00:30 to 0:13:00 at


this evening (tuesday 27th), 9.00-10.30pm, on bbc 2
touched by auschwitz

"This feature-length documentary attempts to answer one of the most profound questions of the Holocaust - what was the human legacy of the crime?
Producer and director Laurence Rees (The Nazis: A Warning from History, Auschwitz: The Nazis and The Final Solution) has travelled extensively in order to film six Auschwitz survivors along with their friends and families.
Together, these sequences filmed in Jerusalem, Chicago, London, Bavaria, Krakow and Tel Aviv build into a compelling portrait of the problems, challenges and triumphs that six different individuals have experienced since the war as a result of their time in Auschwitz."

(if you miss it, available at


this evening (tuesday 27th), 10.00-10.45pm, on bbc radio 3
nazis, holocaust, time and memory (in the free thinking series)

"Rana Mitter talks to Richard J Evans about his new book The Third Reich in History and Memory which reflects on how racist theories of Empire, promulgated over centuries, provided fertile ground for Nazi theorists.
They are joined by fellow-historians Jane Caplan and David Cesarani, to survey how history has explored this period and discuss the question, was the Final Solution unique in the history of genocide.
Also in the studio, Andre Singer, Director of the documentary, Holocaust: Night Will Fall and the Polish cultural historian and writer, Eva Hoffman; they will explore how images of that time, far from being fixed in time, are endlessly renewed and reinterpreted by succeeding generations and their existence seems of increasing importance."

(if you miss it, available at


tonight (tuesday 27th), 11.45pm-12.15, on bbc 1 (previously broadcast on bbc 1 wales in august 2014)
from auschwitz with love

"A real-life love story set against the backdrop of one of history's darkest chapters. Welshman Ron Jones takes an emotional journey back to Auschwitz, where he was held as a British prisoner of war. Now almost 100 years old, Ron shares his wartime experiences with presenter Joe Crowley.
He talks about his friendship with a Jewish man called Joseph and his horror when he discovered that he'd been killed in the notorious gas chambers. And he remembers the regular home nations' football matches that took place alongside the Auschwitz prison camp.
Even though the war had ripped them apart, it was the love of his childhood sweetheart Gwladys that kept Ron going. He wrote regular letters home to tell her how he longed to be back in her arms. Gwladys kept the letters in an old chocolate box. Reading them now, they tell a remarkable story of the couple's enduring love for each other as Europe descended into chaos."

(if you miss it, available at


tomorrow evening (wednesday 28th), 10.45-11.15pm, on bbc 1
the holocaust: a story of remembrance (narrated by lesley sharp, and produced and directed by anna cox) (part of holocaust memorial season)

"On 27 January 1945, Auschwitz was liberated.
70 years later the international community will gather, as it does every year, to remember the atrocities of the holocaust and reinforce the message that this paradigm of evil must never happen again. But as time passes the numbers of survivors are growing smaller, and without their testimonies how will the memory of the Holocaust be kept alive?
In this film to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, three extraordinary women tell their powerful personal stories to reveal just why the memory of one of the darkest moments in human history should never be forgotten.
Auschwitz survivor Kitty Hart-Moxon discusses her post-war struggle to talk about her suffering in a world unwilling to acknowledge it. Acclaimed children's author Judith Kerr (The Tiger that Came to Tea, Mog the Forgetful Cat, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit) tells the story of her childhood escape from Nazi Germany. Senior Reform Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner travels for the first time to Lithuania where her ancestors once lived, to learn first-hand about their fate at the hands of the Nazis."

(if you miss it, available at


last tuesday morning (27th january), 9.00-9.30am, on lbc radio
auschwitz: a survivor's return with nick ferrari
"Nick joined 86-year-old Arek Hersh on a tour of the concentration camp with his granddaughter Avital, who was seeing it for the first time."

(if you missed it, available, with partial transcript, at
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this sunday afternoon (february 1st), 4.00-4.30pm, on bbc radio 4
judith kerr - when hitler stole pink rabbit (in the book club series)

"Judith Kerr discusses her novel When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit with James Naughtie.
First published in 1971, she wrote it for her son in order to explain the story of her own family's flight from Nazi Germany. Her father was a drama critic and a distinguished writer whose books were burned by the Nazis. The family passed through Switzerland and France before arriving finally in England in 1936.
Kerr found herself a fairly willing refugee, seeing her long travels as a great adventure. Her parents went to great pains to confirm and support this view, often hiding their own personal and professional privations and struggles from their young children.
When Hitler Stole the Pink Rabbit is now used as a set text in German schools, used as an easy introduction to a difficult period of German history."

(if you miss it, available at


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this afternoon (monday 19th), 2.50-2.54pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
newshour (presented by james menendez includes …

"AMIA prosecutor Alberto Nisman found dead before testifying against the government"

including interviews with …
carolina barros, former chief editor of buenos aires herald
(see also and …)

"Prosecutor Nisman traced the authorization for the July 18, 1994, terrorist attack to a meeting of Iran’s National Security Council held a year before, and compiled sufficiently compelling evidence of Iran’s role in the crime as to have several leading Iranian figures, including Vahidi and former presidential candidate Mohsen Rezai, placed on an Interpol “red notice” list.
The final decision to attack the AMIA center was allegedly made by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and then-president Rafsanjani.
The specific motivation for the 1994 AMIA bombing, according to Nisman, was to punish Argentina for suspending its nuclear cooperation with Iran. Once the decision was taken to act against the country, Nisman told The Times of Israel, it was a Jewish target that was decided upon — again, a familiar Iranian strategy. “When they choose to act against a country, the attack is commonly on the Jewish community,” he said. “It’s the first target.”
"Nisman presented a 300-page document in court last Wednesday, based on phone wiretaps that he claimed showed close aides of the president involved in secret negotiations with Iran to withdraw Interpol arrest warrants for the suspects as a step towards normalising bilateral relations."

(if you missed it, available from 0:45:00 to 0:48:40 at or at

For SCoJeC
January 19, 2015
MEMO 423 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.
includes the complete text of all uk parliamentary questions on: immigration and asylum / equality / racism, religious hatred and discrimination
and links to uk parliamentary debates and uk bills in progress


early tomorrow morning (tuesday 20th), 12.30-12.55am, on bbc news tv (freeview channel 80 or 130) (repeated from 4.30am today)
HARDtalk: suha arafat

"In a special edition of HARDtalk, Zeinab Badawi is in Malta to speak to Suha Arafat - the widow of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat."

(already available at


last thursday (8th january), 12.30-12.55am, on bbc news tv (freeview channel 80 or 130)
HARDtalk: yehuda glick

"Stephen Sackur speaks to the controversial Jewish activist Yehuda Glick who is concerned with one of Jerusalem's holiest sites."

(if you missed it, available at


tomorrow morning (tuesday 20th), 9.30-9.45am, on bbc radio 4
adrian goldberg on mixed marriage (in the one to one series)

"In the second of three editions of One to One, broadcaster Adrian Goldberg - who is married to a British Asian woman - explores the topic of mixed marriage.
Today Adrian meets Rosalind Birtwistle, a Christian woman who married a Jewish man in the 1970s."

(if you miss it, available at


tomorrow evening (tuesday 20th), 9.00-10.30pm, on bbc 2
the eichmann show (in the one to one series)

"The behind-the-scenes true life story of a groundbreaking producer, Milton Fruchtman, and blacklisted TV director Leo Hurwitz who, overcoming enormous obstacles, set out to capture the testimony of one of the war's most notorious Nazis, Adolf Eichmann.
He is accused of executing the 'final solution' and organising the murder of 6 million Jews.
This is the extraordinary story of how the trial came to be televised and the team that made it happen.
Filming at his trial in Jerusalem in 1961, their production becomes the world's first ever global TV documentary series, the first time the horror of the camps has been heard directly from the mouths of its victims. Edited daily and broadcast in Germany, America, Israel and 34 other countries, people fainted when they saw it on TV. Never before has there been such drama in the use of cameras, their positioning, or the revolutionary effect of operators being able to adjust frame and position to match subject and content."

(if you miss it, available at


last friday evening (16th january), 7.32-7.36pm, on bbc radio 4
front row (presented by john wilson) includes …

"BBC 2 drama The Eichmann Show recreates the true story of the televised trial of Adolf Eichmann, one of the architects of the Holocaust, in 1961.
Martin Freeman plays Milton Fruchtman, as TV producer who hired blacklisted director Leo Hurwitz, played by Anthony LaPaglia, to capture Eichmann's trial in the first global television event. Ryan Gilbey reviews."

(if you missed it, available from 0:17:00 to 0:21:20 at


this morning (wednesday 21st), 9.00-9.45am, on bbc radio 4 (partially repeated at 9.30pm)
midweek (presented by libby purves) includes …

"Barbara Winton is the daughter of Sir Nicholas Winton who orchestrated the Kindertransport, a rescue mission in which 669 children were evacuated from Czechoslovakia in 1938 and 1939.
Barbara's biography tells the story of her father's daring plan to transport mainly Jewish children to be placed with foster parents in the UK.
One of the children was six-year-old Alf Dubs, now Lord Alf Dubs.
Sir Nicholas has received several honours, including a knighthood and the Czech Republic's highest civilian honour - the Order of the White Lion. If it's not Impossible - The Life of Sir Nicholas Winton is published by Matador."

(if you miss it, available at


this afternoon (wednesday 21st), 5.30-6.00pm, on channel 4 tv
the simpsons: today i am a clown

"Krusty the Clown prepares for his Bar Mitzvah, and is not longer able to work on Saturdays.
Homer is a huge success when he fills in for Krusty.
Guest starring Mr T and Jackie Mason."

(not available on 4oD)


tomorrow evening (thursday 22nd), 9.30-10.30pm, on bbc 2
surviving the holocaust – freddie knoller's war (directed and produced by simon winchcombe) (part of holocaust memorial season)

"In a disarmingly frank interview, Holocaust survivor Freddie Knoller (now in his 90s) tells his personal story of being a young Jewish man during World War II.
Speaking directly to camera and accompanied by extensive archive footage, he relives his past and draws on intense memories to navigate the extraordinary adventure of his early life. Freddie's story is a dramatic - and often surprisingly funny - real-life account.
It takes us from his family life in 1930s Vienna through the German occupation of Austria and his flight to Belgium. Then on to Nazi-occupied Paris, where Freddie lived and worked in red-light Pigalle, entertaining German officers and socialising with dancing girls, before an interrogation by the Gestapo meant he had to move on again. After a brief spell in the Resistance, the war eventually caught up with him and his life in Auschwitz began."

(if you miss it, available at


tomorrow evening (thursday 22nd), 10.00-10.45pm, on bbc radio 3
free thinking (presented by anne mcelvoy) includes …

"New Generation Thinker Daisy Hay looks at the relationship between Disraeli and his wife.
Daisy Hay's biography is called Mr and Mrs Disraeli: A Strange Romance."

(if you miss it, available at


yesterday evening (thursday 22nd), 9.35-9.44pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
newshour (presented by tim franks) includes …

"Argentina dead prosecutor"

including interviews with …
• bbc reporter wyre davies
• terrorism expert thomas joscelyn
(if you missed it, available from 0:30:00 to 0:38:45 at or at


this morning (thursday 22nd), 8.40-8.46am, and tomorrow morning (friday 23rd), 8.50-8.56am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by james naughtie) includes …

(thursday) "Mike Thomson talks to the parents of murdered teenager Naftali Frankel"
(friday) "After a summer of war in Gaza and bloody clashes on the West Bank, Israel has suffered a winter wave of attacks, the latest wounding a dozen bus passengers in Tel Aviv. The catalyst for much of all this was the abduction and murder of four teenagers, three Jewish and one Israeli Arab, in June and July. Yesterday we heard an interview with the parents of Naftali Fraenkel, one of the three Jewish boys who were abducted and murdered while hitching home from their religious school on the occupied West Bank.
This morning, our Correspondent, Mike Thomson talks to the mother and father of 16 year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir, who was killed in an apparent revenge attack for the deaths of Naftali and his two friends."

(if you missed it, available from 2:40:20 to 2:45:50 at and from 2:50:00 to 2:56:00 at


this morning (friday 23rd), 3.05-4.00am, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
the lives and deaths of naftali and mohammed (in the the documentary series) (presented by mike thomson)

"Last summer the deaths of four innocent teenagers in Israel, three Jewish and one Israeli Arab, heightened tensions leading to the start of the 2014 Gaza war.
Reporter Mike Thomson travels to Israel to speak with the friends and family of Naftali Fraenkel, one of the murdered Jewish schoolboys, and those of Mohammed Abu Khdeir.
He hears about their lives their loves and the potential taken away during those 19 days last summer. This is a story of the human lives behind the headlines of this eternal conflict."

(if you missed it, available at or at


this week (until tomorrow, 23rd january), free, at st john's wood library, and
next monday (26th january), 10.30am, free, at "the crossing", granary square, behind kings cross, N1C 4AA
child refugees: five portraits of the kindertransport (a "travelling exhibition" of the wiener library)

"By examining the familiar images of the Kindertransport and highlighting personal stories, the exhibition rediscovers concealed histories that speak to the diverse experiences of the child refugees.
From the girl who was parted from her entire family and arrived in England speaking no English, rose to the top of her class and later won recognition as an artist, to the young teacher and musician who accompanied a class of children on a transport from Poland and never went back, no two stories are the same."



this morning (friday 23rd), 10.19-10.28am, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
world update (presented by dan damon) includes as its "friday feature"

"London's Jewish security patrols"

including interviews with …
• shomrim supervisor chaim hochhauser
• hackney councillor ian sharer
(if you missed it, available at


this afternoon (friday 23rd), 4.30-5.00pm, on bbc radio 4 (repeated sunday, 8.00pm)
more or less (presented by tim harford) includes …

"Were 95% of hate crimes committed in London in July 2014 anti-Semitic?"

(if you miss it, available at or at


last saturday afternoon (24th january), 1.42-1.46pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107) (repeated from today, 7.44-7.48am, this morning, on bbc radio 4)
newshour (presented by julian marshall) includes …

"Alberto Nisman update"

including interviews with …
• bbc reporter wyre davies
• sergio widder, director of the simon wiesenthal centre
• journalist and human rights campaigner horacio verbitsky
• political analyst rosenda fraga
(if you missed it, available from 0:37:15 to 0:41:15at or at


this morning (27th january), 8.45-8.50am, on bbc radio 4
today includes …

"President Cristina Kirchner of Argentina has said she will disband Argentina's intelligence service, after a prosecutor was found dead just hours before he was to make explosive allegations against her. 
Alberto Nisman, 51, was found in his Buenos Aires home with a gunshot to  the head on January 18, the day before he was to go before a congressional  hearing to accuse Kirchner of obstructing his investigation into a 1994 bombing  at a Jewish charities federation office.
Juan Mendez is United Nations special rapporteur on torture."

(if you miss it, available from 2:45:00 at


this afternoon (friday 30th), 12.15-12.21pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
the fifth floor (presented by david amanor) includes …

"Remembering the Amia Bombing:
Controversy has swept across Argentina following the death of Prosecutor Alberto Nisman who had been investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish centre in Buenos Aires in which 85 people died.
Natalio Cosoy of BBC Mundo was there that day.
He recalls his memories of the aftermath of the bombing, from helping to clear the wreckage to joining demonstrations calling for justice."

(if you missed it, available from 0:10:00 to 0:16:00 at


this afternoon (friday 30th), 2.23-2.28pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
newshour (presented by owen bennett jones) includes …

"What will become of Alberto Nisman's damning report?"

includes interviews with …
• bbc reporter wyre davies
• political analyst jorge castro
• lawyer marta necellus
(if you missed it, available from 0:18:30 to 0:23:00 at


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