Audio: "I Understand T​he Risks" - A D-Day Anniversary Special

The extraordinary experiences and exploits of German and Austrian Jews in the British Army during World War II.
6/6/2014, 11:21 AM

A7 Radio's "Walter's World" with Walter Bingham
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Today​ is the 6th of June​,​ the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany, when British and American troops landed on the be​a​ches of Normandy in North Western France.

This is the account of how the Jewish refugees from Germany and Austria, both men and women were perceived to be enemy aliens and how, when they tried to join the British Armed forces to fight the Nazis they were not trusted, until eventually the British realised their potential as fighters and intelligence and educational personnel. These Jewish soldiers became the most incredible heroes. But they had to sign a disclaimer.   It is a story of which all Jews can be proud.

Also: The Guilt of the German Railways that were a Key element in Hitler’s systematic extermination of Millions. The leading German Rail historian explains their involvement and organisation during the Nazi era and the financial rewards for their business.

​And​: Our not so illustrious ​​politicians.​ 

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Artistic depiction of D-Day in Normandy during World War II. Credit: Dorling Kindersley, Thinkstock.

Walter Bingham's medals, including the Military Medal for Bravery in the Field. Courtesy, Walter Bingham.

Letter from King George VI to Walter Bingham. Courtesy, Walter Bingham.

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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