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Audio: An in depth 3 hour visit to Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.


Walter Bingham's audio tour of the Vad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem with exclusive interviews. Don't miss this 3 hour special.
4/22/2012, 11:50 PM

A7 Radio's "Walter's World" with Walter Bingham
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Hour 1

We are in the week leading up to the 28th October, when in 1938 the Nazi persecution of Jews went up a gear with the deportation of Polish Jews, which caused an event that led to Kristallnacht on November 10th, the worst pogrom before the Holocaust.    So we begin with a walk through the Holocaust Museum at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.  We begin with life in Europe before the Shoah and move chronologically through the period of the Holocaust to liberation.   We visit the Memorial Hall with its constant flame.

From there we enter the new Hall of Names and hear from the Director how they record the details of the victims.   I then take you to the totally dark, most emotional Children’s Memorial.

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Hall of Names

Hour 2

We begin this hour with a visit to the Garden of the Righteous Gentiles.  The archives and documentation building is one of the pillars of Yad Vashem and its Director explains the work that goes on there.   But the raison d’’etre, the cornerstone of Yad Vashem is education and we are told about that important aspect by the Director of Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Study.

Individual Jews are not mentioned anywhere here, but the more than 5,000 destroyed Jewish communities are individually recorded in the monumental Valley of the Communities inspired by the valley of the dry bones; you will feel the atmosphere.    The story of the rescue to Sweden of thousands of Jews, just weeks before the end of the war, is recorded by one of the white busses in which they travelled, standing in the grounds, where there are also a number of monuments commemorating various events of the period and also the fighters and we hear about them in detail.

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Corner of the Valley of the Communities 

Hour 3

Now we visit the areas that the visitor whose itinerary restricts the time available at Yad Vashem.  There is a Visual Centre where one can study Shoa related visual material.  We visit the Learning Centre where the visitor can explore the writings of historians and philosophers and more.  There are halls of Survivors’ art work, and also the architect’s blueprints for building Auschwitz.  The new Synagogue also has exhibits of items from destroyed European Synagogues.  In this hour we hear the feature interview with the Chairman of the Directorate Avner Shalev who gives us an overview of this world renowned establishment and his plans for the future.   And finally, we celebrate the rebirth of the Jewish Nation.

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Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate Avner Shalev
Avner Shalev – Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate

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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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