A7 Radio's "Walter's World" with Walter Bingham
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Kosher slaughter has been illegal there since the 1930s, but rabbits, an increasingly popular diet for Swedes are being inhumanely killed and circumcision is only legal if performed by a medical doctor, -that’s until they ban it altogether as cruelty to children.
Such moves are afoot.
But don’t rock the boat warns the leadership. Life is not too bad here. From a total Jewish population of 20,000 in Sweden, some 14,000 live in Stockholm, but only about 4,500 are registered with the official unified Jewish community in the Capital. The rest tend to hide their identity. However, the spectrum of opinion among members is diverse. Apart from those with their heads in the sand, they range from mild disagreement to strong opposition. ‘When will they ever learn?’ Says the famous line from Pete Seeger’s song ‘Where have all the flowers gone’. There is a moral in this song for the Swedish Jews.
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Malmo Synagogue in Sweden. Photo credit: Jorchr, Wiki Commons.
Swedish activist Annika Hernroth-Rothstein, photo courtesy.
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.