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Audio: Two Countries Two Communities

Two Countries Two Communities. Walter visits Denmark and Sweden. Next-Door Neighbours, But Miles Apart.
12/11/2011, 11:00 PM

A7 Radio's "Walter's World" with Walter Bingham
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My European trip took me to Denmark and Sweden, where I met Jewish community leaders of these close neighbours.  The accounts of their population’s attitude to Jewish fellow citizens varies markedly. Whereas in Denmark like in many other countries, anti-Semitism is cloaked as anti-Israel feeling  emanating from the Muslim immigrants, but with no reported aggression, The situation in Sweden is vastly different. Hear vivid accounts from leaders of the two Jewish communities.

In this photo you see the 10 mile connection between Copenhagen in Denmark and Malmo in Sweden.   A  2.2-mile underwater tunnel emerges onto a roadway on a 2.5-mile artificial island,  and the cable-supported Bridge stretches 4.9 miles toward Sweden, making a thin white line across the image.


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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.
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