Podcasts from our annual festival of art and ideas, held at Kings Place in London.
The Book Smugglers
In a history book that reads like a thriller, The Book Smugglers charts the incredible story of the ghetto inmates who rescued thousands of rare books and manuscripts — first from the Nazis and then from the Soviets — by hiding them on their bodies, burying them in bunkers, and smuggling them across borders. In doing so, this daring group of poets turned partisans, and scholars turned smugglers, saved the treasures of Vilna, ‘the Jerusalem of Lithuania’.
Sponsored by the National Library of I
Antisemitism: The Longest Hatred
Loathing of Jews has been a feature of Christendom since the first accusation of deicide and this, combined with enforced employment patterns – usury and trade – made the Jews the pariahs of Europe. Today there is an addition to the old prejudices – aversion to Israel. As the world falls to extremism, Jew hatred is, again, a unifying force. Our panel, drawn from the worlds of history, politics, journalism and the law, scrutinise this longest hatred.
Sponsored by Jacqueline and Michael Gee
Anita Lasker-Wallfisch: Addressing the Bundestag
In January 2018, cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, a survivor of Auschwitz, and then of Bergen-Belsen, addressed the Bundestag to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day.Anita read extracts from that speech. Her grandson Simon, an acclaimed cellist and singer, played, accompanied by pianist Iain Farrington.
Sponsored by Eduard Shyfrin and Family
Women's London: A Tour Guide to Great Lives
Inspired by walking tours she devised for The Women’s Library and responding to those who encouraged her to put her words on paper, Rachel Kolsky published a guide book to London featuring the impact women have had on its society, heritage and streetscape. From scientists to suffragettes, reformers and royals, authors and artists, sit back and discover some of Rachel’s favourite London ladies.
Descent into Darkness
Marina Benjamin and Lisa Appignanesi discuss their memoirs of insomnia and grief with author and journalist Amanda Craig.
In Association with the TLS
Is Humanity in Denial?
The Holocaust never happened. The planet isn’t warming. Vaccines cause autism. All of us deny inconvenient truths sometimes, but what happens when denial becomes ‘denialism’, a systematic attempt to overturn established scholarly findings? And how do we relate to this phenomenon in a ‘post-truth’ age? Our panellists, whose expertise covers history, contemporary culture, the law and psychotherapy, discuss the significance of ‘everyday’ denial.