Radio journalist’s fear of Poland

November 8, 2010 Agencies
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A very personal journey through Poland, from a festival of Jewish culture in Warsaw to a tiny village in the south-east of the country. This is a story about fear and memory, hope and delight…featured on ABC’s Radio National

Natalie Kestecher Pic: Henry Benjamin

Last year producer Natalie Kestecher visited Poland for the first time. It was a trip that she’d been planning and postponing for years. As the daughter of Polish Jews who’d lost so many family members during the war she had mixed feelings about going there.

Natalie’s journey begins in Warsaw where she meets Poles with an interest in Jewish culture and Jews who have only recently ‘come out’ as Jews. She also speaks to the chief Rabbi of Poland. Her ultimate destination, however, is a tiny village in the south-east where her family and other Jews once lived.

In this very personal audio essay Natalie tries to make sense of the Jewish absence and encouraging re-emergence in Poland today.


One Response to “Radio journalist’s fear of Poland”
  1. Ruth Wirth says:

    Dear Natalie

    We were both very moved by your brilliant recording of your trip to Poland.

    Best wishes

    Ruthie & Henry