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Audio: Big Problems In Greece. Walter Visits Athens Jewish Community

Big Problems In Greece. Are the Jews riding out the storm? Walter Visits the Athens Jewish Community.
11/4/2012, 9:00 PM

A7 Radio's "Walter's World" with Walter Bingham
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Right now Greece is in great economic turmoil affecting all sectors of her people and the Jewish community as a whole and individually is no exception. So Walter went to Athens with the microphone of Walter’s World to find out how this financial crisis is affecting the Jews living as our relatively near neighbours.

This programme and the next will examine in some detail the history of Greek Jews, their life today, the difficulties they face in light of the rise of neo Nazi representation in their Parliament and on the streets - and how the Jewish youth see their future. The programme will also visit the excellent Jewish Museum of Athens and talk with the Rabbi who runs the Chabad house and its wonderful Kosher meat restaurant. We begin this week with a general overview of the community, hear some surprising information and visit some important Jewish sites. My guest and guide is Benjamin Albalas, President of the Jewish Community of Athens, Greece.

Benjamin Albalas

The old Romaniot Synagogue of Athens.

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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