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Escape from the Holocaust

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Max Eisen.jpgMax Eisen being interviewed by Natasha Fatah. (Courtesy Mark Ulster)

At the outbreak of the Second World War Max Eisen was a 10-year-old boy living with his large extended family in Czechoslovakia. By the end of the war, he was a teenage Auschwitz survivor and an orphan. Hear his story on Escape from the Holocaust.

Episodes appear online at 11 PM EST. Download Escape from the Holocaust as a podcast(updated every Tuesday). 

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Max Eisen's picture with Johnnie Stevens.jpgMax Eisen with one of his liberators Johnnie Stevens, of the US Army's 761st Tank Batallion. (Courtesy Max Eisen)

Natasha Fatah with Max Eisen.jpgMax Eisen showing Natasha Fatah concentration camp documents. (Courtesy Mark Ulster)

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Escape from Ethiopia

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Biru family.jpgDaniel Biru with his wife Chantal Vero and his sons Abel and Alex Biru. (Daniel Biru)

Daniel Biru spent a decade on the run across the African continent. He was a student leader thrown in prison, then he became an escapee and a fugitive, and eventually a stowaway who was cast out into the open sea. Hear it all on Escape from Ethiopia.

Episodes appear online at 11 PM EST. Download Escape from Ethiopia as a podcast(updated every Tuesday).

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Daniel Biru at CJAM.jpgDaniel Biru hosting Ethiopian Voice at CJAM in Windsor. (Daniel Biru)

Escape from Honduras

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Nora Lopez.jpgNora Lopez being interviewed by Natasha Fatah. (Courtesy Mark Ulster)

Nora Lopez's husband Eduardo, a human rights activist, was denied refugee status by Canadian officials, then he was murdered by a Honduran death squad. Nora and her three children had to get out before the same thing happened to them. Hear it all on Escape from Honduras. Episodes appear online at 11 PM EST.

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Eduardo Lopez.jpg Eduardo Lopez c. 1983. (Courtesy Nora Lopez)

Nora and Osiris Lopez.jpgNora and Osiris Lopez in Honduras. (Courtesy Nora Lopez)

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Escape from Eritrea

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Aaron Berhane.jpgAaron Berhane in Toronto, 2010. (Courtesy Mark Ulster)

In September 2001, the Eritrean government shut down every independent newspaper in the country. Then they started rounding up the journalists. When Aaron Berhane discovered he was a wanted man, he made a difficult decision to flee across the border to Sudan, and eventually made his way to Canada. In 2010, he is finally reunited with his wife and three children when they arrive in Toronto. Hear it all on Escape from Eritrea.

Episodes appear online at 11 PM EST. Download Escape from Eritrea as a podcast (updated every Tuesday).

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Aaron Berhane's daughter and wife.jpgDaughter Frieta and wife Miliete. (Courtesy Mark Ulster) 

Aaron Berhane's sons Mussie and Eiven.jpgSons Mussie and Eiven. (Courtesy Mark Ulster)

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Escape from the USA

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Gary Hoag.jpgGary Hoag in Toronto. (Courtesy Mark Ulster)

Gary Hoag was an army brat, a Vietnam War supporter and then a deserter. After sneaking off base, he forges a false identity and plots a way out of the United States and into Canada. Hear it all on Escape from the USA.

Episodes appear online at 11 PM EST. Download Escape from the USA as a podcast(updated every Tuesday).

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Gary Hoag and his family.jpgGary Hoag with his parents and brother in the 1950s. (Courtesy Gary Hoag)

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Escape from Uganda

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Anwer Omar with friends '69.jpgAnwer Omar (centre) with friends Ramesh Prashar (left) and Mubarak Kisingo (right) after the Uganda [car] Rally, 1969. (Courtesy Anwer Omar)

In 1972, Ugandan dictator Idi Amin announced that all Asians, regardless of their citizenship, had to pack up and leave the country - and he gave them only ninety days to get out. Thousands of those Asian Ugandans found refuge in Canada, including Anwer Omar. This year, nearly four decades later, Anwer and hundreds of other exiled Ugandans gather for a reunion picnic. Hear their stories on Escape from Uganda.

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Anwer Omar in Canada.jpgAnwer Omar's first snow experience in Canada, December 1972. (Courtesy Anwer Omar) 

Natasha interviews Ugandan exiles.jpgNatasha Fatah interviews Ugandan exiles at the reunion in Mississauga, Ontario this spring. (Courtesy Mark Ulster)

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Escape from Argentina

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Alberto Lalli.jpgAlberto Lalli being interviewed by Natasha Fatah. (Courtesy Mark Ulster)

In the 1970s Alberto Lalli campaigned for justice in Argentina but his own government imprisoned and tortured him. He almost became one of the "disappeared" in Argentina's Dirty War but after seven years behind bars, he ended up fleeing to Canada - not to save himself, but to save his family. Hear it all in Escape from Argentina.

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chinese restaurant reunion.jpgSusana Munarriz and Alberto Lalli return to New Treasure Restaurant with Natasha Fatah. (Courtesy Mark Ulster).

Alberto Lalli w pictures.jpgAlberto Lalli shows old photos to Natasha Fatah. (Courtesy Mark Ulster)

Alberto Lalli prison sketch.jpgAlberto Lalli's sketch from prison, completed in 1975, later smuggled out by his mother. (Courtesy Mark Ulster)

Escape from Czechoslovakia

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Eva + Alino Baranik.jpgEva and Alino Baranik visiting Toronto this summer. (Courtesy Mark Ulster)

In 1981, Alino and Eva Baranik tried to flee Communist Czechoslovakia with their four-year old son Miso. Just when they thought they could make it out safely, they were confronted by a Yugoslavian soldier at the Italian border. Hear it all on Escape from Czechoslovakia.

Listen to a preview of the episode on Natasha's blog. Episodes appear online at 11 PM EST.

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Baraniks in Canada.jpgAlino, Eva and Miso Baranik arrive in Toronto, 1982. (Courtesy Katarina Kubela)

Alino Baranik refugee camp id.jpgAlino Baranik's refugee camp id. (Courtesy Mark Ulster)

Eva Baranik refugee camp id.jpgEva Baranik's refugee camp id. (Courtesy Mark Ulster)

Escape from Iran

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STabe w pics of executed.jpgShahram Tabe examines photos of Iranian political prisoners who were executed. (Courtesy Mark Ulster)

Thirty years ago Shahram Tabe was a student revolutionary in Tehran who became a counter-revolutionary - and then he became a fugitive. His journey to Canada involved smugglers, Turkish prisons and prostitutes. Hear it all on Escape from Iran.

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STabe interviewed by Natasha.jpgShahram Tabe being interviewed by Natasha Fatah. (Courtesy Mark Ulster)

Escape from Vietnam

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Uyen Vu .JPGUyen Vu outside her Toronto home. (Courtesy Stephen Matheuszik) 

In 1979, nine-year-old Uyen Vu and her family escaped Saigon by assuming false identities and boarding a fishing boat in the dead of night. Men with guns, bars of gold, divided families, prison time, spectacular failures - and pirates. Hear it all on Escape from Vietnam.

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Vus vacation.jpgThe Vus in Canada over 20 years later. (Courtesy Quang and Minh Vu)

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