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Audio: Yaffa Yarkoni - Icon of Jewish Song

A classic interview with Yaffa Yarkoni. The frank life story of a world class celebrity.
4/6/2014, 4:20 PM

A7 Radio's "Walter's World" with Walter Bingham
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A very informative programme in the form of a musical journey through the life and times of this talented artist who went from being an Army wireless operator to becoming the darling of Israel and a celebrated world famous singer.

Yaffa Yarkoni was awarded the Israel Prize for her outstanding contribution to Hebrew song.

Hear this great lady telling her own story when she was 80 years old accompanied by song,  She died in 2012.

The programme was first broadcast on Walter’s World in 2005.

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Late Israeli songwriters and poets Haim Hefer and Yaakov Orland with late Israeli singer Yaffa Yarkoni. 1985. Photo by Moshe Shai/FLASH90

Late Israeli singer Yaffa Yarkoni with late Israeli TV-personality Dudu Topaz. 1986. Photo by Moshe Shai/FLASH90.

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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