Audio: Have Today’s Diaspora Jews Forgotten Kristallnacht?

A personal account on the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht and the real history of the incident.
11/10/2013, 7:05 PM

A7 Radio's "Walter's World" with Walter Bingham
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Walter brings more about our brothers and sisters who believe, that the prevailing anti-Semitic winds will veer and that it’s all just a passing phase. What a pity that they don’t seem to have learned anything from Kristallnacht, when it only needs a suitable trigger event to explode. It seems that the South African and Australian Jewish communities’ geographical remoteness from Europe acts as an imaginary shield; but in our technological age anti Semitic activities masquerading as anti Israel policies transcend geographical boundaries. It’s time to stop daydreaming.

Also: A report from the 96th anniversary event of the Balfour Declaration held in Jerusalem and the showing of the documentary film ‘The Forsaken Promise’

Plus: A compilation of Israel National Radio’s acclaimed Jewish History Moments.

For a Remembering Kristallnacht video click here.
For a video of IDF Chief of Staff at the 75th anniversary ceremony click here.

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German citizens the day after Kristallnacht November 10, 1938. Wiki Commons:

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Synagogue of Siegen, Germany, in flames during Kristallnacht (Nov. 9th and 10th 1938) Credit:

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Frankfurt am Main Synagogue burning during Kristallnacht.;_November_Pogroms.jpg

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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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