Audio: The Great 57 Million Dollar Fraud - and Tisha B'Av in Our Time

Holocaust reparations controversy and Tisha B'Av.
7/8/2013, 11:01 AM

A7 Radio's "Walter's World" with Walter Bingham
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Today’s programme brings you Walter in conversation with his guests about two very topical subjects; the first extremely disturbing and the second very controversial. 

The vast amount of $57 million was stolen from moneys earmarked for the welfare of Holocaust survivors and other Holocaust Related activities and administered by The Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany, known as The Claims Conference.  Hear the inside story of developments to date.

Because Walter’s World brings you controversial views from all facets of Jewish opinion, today we hear a discussion about ritual versus reality;  an interpretation of why mourning on the 9th of Av for the destruction of the Temples and other ancient calamities that are said to have occurred on this day should be replaced by thoughts about the reality of the present day world, and how that would contribute to the continuation of Jewish life in today’s environment.

And: Some of Walter’s thoughts on topical items and current affairs, as they affect Jews in general and Israel in particular.

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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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