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The Detail – a podcast from RNZ/ Newsroom: We are forgetting the Holocaust


This edition of The Detail looks at the fact that the Holocaust is being forgotten. If forgotten there is a very real danger that similar events will occur again. Indeed in recent times we have seen the ethnic cleansing in Bosnia, the massacres in Rwanda for example.

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Mass Grave at Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp

A Podcast from RNZ and Newsroom

The accompanying article on the RNZ website began:

German-Jew Bob Narev was just six years old when he and his family were sent to the Theresienstadt concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. He was nine when he nagged his mother, by then his only surviving relative at the camp, to take up the offer of a train ride to Switzerland paid for by wealthy New York Jews. Many thought the trip was another Nazi trick, but 1,200 got out. Most of those remaining were wiped out in a typhoid epidemic.MORE AT LINK

On a personal note back in the 1980s an older friend of ours was on one of the Kindertransport trains organised by Sir Nicolas Winton.

The statistics quoted from polls here, in Europe and the US are very disturbing and reflect the way history is or is not taught today.

Bob and his 82 year old wife Freda are among the youngest Holocaust survivors. The couple has been sharing their stories for many years, taking them into schools and community groups. He’s not surprised at the lack of knowledge the polls have revealed, but says something to memorialise the Holocaust needs to exist before it’s too late.

The Trust is working with Auckland Council and local iwi to place a physical memorial in the Auckland domain, near the Wintergarden.

Narev wants the garden of humanity to incorporate 200-300 cobblestones gifted to the Auckland Museum and passed on to the Trust. They came from the Warsaw ghetto where in 1943, 13,000 Jews were killed in an uprising in which they were horribly outnumbered by Nazi soldiers. The revolt was immortalised in the Leon Uris novel Mila 18.

I think that is an excellent idea.

This idea should be widely supported and the government should consider some funding instead of just another working group.

According to Newsroom,

Newsroom has been commissioned by the RNZ/NZ On Air Innovation Fund to produce a new daily news podcast designed to explain the stories behind the headlines. 

Called ‘The Detail’, it aims to help listeners dive deeper into the big stories to help give an understanding of what’s really going on. We will pick out the news that matters and explain it in detail and in context.

The Detail will be fronted by journalists Sharon Brettkelly and Alex Ashton, and produced by Alexia Russell. We will be drawing on not only Newsroom’s award-winning journalists, but the best reporters from throughout the country; along with experts in their fields.


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