A7 Radio's "Walter's World" with Walter Bingham
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This is the first of my three reports from Jewish Europe. Each Year in November Jewish Ex Service men and Women of the British Armed Forces remember the Jewish fallen of the two great wars and conflicts since. They march to - and pray by the Cenotaph, the National War Memorial in London’s Whitehall, outside the Home Office, next to 10 Downing Street and within sight and sound of Big Ben, followed by a march past a senior officer, this year a Rear Admiral. They remember the 694 Palestinian Jews who joined the British Army in WWII were killed or listed missing.
Also: Israel commemorates the vote in the UN, agreeing to partition of Palestine for the creation of a Jewish State. Thousand came to the piazza of the Jewish Agency in Jerusalem, the former Knesset building, to re-enact the mixed feelings of partition, but also the high spirit of that day.
Jerusalem, November 29th, 2011.
Jerusalem, November 29th, 1947.
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Walter Bingham was born in Germany. Just days before the outbreak of WWII, with the help of a Zionist youth movement he was selected for a place on the ‘Kindertransport’ to Great Britain. Walter saw front line action during the Normandy invasion of Europe and was awarded the Military Medal for ‘Bravery in the Field’. In England Walter also acted in films including several Harry Potter films.
On the day of his Aliyah in August 2004 he transferred his programme ‘Walter’s World’ to Israel National Radio as a weekly Magazine programme and it has been running here regularly ever since.
Walter is an accomplished public speaker and was a member of a visiting panel of lecturers at schools throughout the UK, where he spoke on events in the Third Reich. He has also spoken at schools in the USA and addressed audiences in Israel.