Audio: The Exodus of Ethiopian Jews - A Story Of Determination

A Story Of Determination. The Trials and Tribulations of Ethiopian Jews.
3/27/2013, 11:45 PM

A7 Radio's "Walter's World" with Walter Bingham
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An interview with Micha Feldmann, author of On the Wings of Eagels: The Secret Operation of the Ethiopian Exodus.

Today’s packed programme features the story of the genuine yearning of the Ethiopian Jews to come home and join their people in the Jewish homeland - and how they paid a heavy price of lost lives by leaving their villages and sometime trekked for weeks across mountains by night, with only hand luggage, to reach refugee camps in the Sudan, knowing that only from there will they have a chance to reach Israel.

This is the story of how Ethiopian mass immigration to Israel was made possible, sometimes clandestine, at other times by bribes, told by a man who was heavily involved in their rescue.

It’s a lesson for Jews in the ‘first world’, who only need to hop on a plane and who can still ship all their possessions  when making Aliyah, when coming to live in the land of their ancestors.

Also: My thoughts about Obama’s mysterious visit to Israel.

And: The strange events surrounding the formation of our new government;  the behaviour of the ultra orthodox parties and the extraordinary affair our former Foreign Minister who is indicted for fraud, yet wants his job back.

Also: Some Passover matters.

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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