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Guided tour of the Jewish Museum of Athens we learn that the history of Jews in Greece with Walter Bingham.
11/12/2012, 8:33 AM

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This week, during a guided tour of the Jewish Museum of Athens we learn that the history of Jews in Greece dates back to the 3rd century CE, some even claim that the Apostle Paul (Sha'ul) of Tarsus preached in Greek synagogues in the 1st century.

Walter’s World also pays a visit to the Athens Chabad House and its popular Kosher restaurant.

Part two is devoted to Jewish youth in Greece. We talk to the youth director and two girls aged 19 and 20 who give their views on the current environment and on Israel. They also talk about their and their friends’aspirations and how they see the future for Jews in Greece.

The songs of the late Stelios Kazantzidis were very popular in Israel and were even translated into Hebrew. I end the reports from Greece with two of his hits.

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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