Sunday, April 22, 2012 | Categories: Episodes
Remembering the Holocaust
From Lithuania: the story of Ona Simaite
For much of the Second World War, a Lithuanian librarian named Ona Simaite snuck into the Vilnius ghetto ... smuggling in food, medicine, books and money, and smuggling out messages, letters, mementos and people. In 1944, Simaite was captured by the Gestapo, tortured and sent to Dachau ... but she survived. Michael speaks to Julija Sukys, a Montreal scholar, researcher and author about her new book, Epistolophilia: Writing the Life of Ona Simaite.
From the Netherlands: the story of David Koker
Michael also speaks with Robert Jan van Pelt, editor of At The Edge of the Abyss: A Concentration Camp Diary 1943-1944. Van Pelt's book compiles the diaries of David Koker, a 21-year-old student, poet and Zionist who was caught up in the Holocaust storm as it swept through Amsterdam. Koker kept a diary while imprisoned in Vught Concentration camp. It was first published in the Netherlands in 1977, becoming a country-wide sensation. It is now being published in English for the first time. Koker died in 1945, while being transported to Dachau.
For related links and music used in this hour ...
Music in Hour Three:
Sonatas No. 1 and 2 for Violin and Piano, by Bob Hanf, with Maaike Gerritsen on violin and Steven Faber on piano, recorded in 1966 at the Zwolle Synagogue in the Netherlands
Kaddish, performed by Hans Bloemendal, Cantor-in-Chief of the Netherlands Jewish Main Synagogue in Amsterdam, recorded in 1960
Where Shall I Go? by Meir Finklestein and Allan Holzman, from the 1996 television documentary Survivors of The Holocaust
Harbinger of Swing to Come; 1st Movement, by Janice Finlay, Don Thompson, Ron Haldorson, Jodi Proznick and Quincy Davis