Little-known histories from Central & Eastern Europe that changed our world...
Heard of how The Rolling Stones played for the Communist Party? The bear who fought in WWII? Or the man who single-handedly created an entire language?
Each episode of our narrative podcast tells incredible stories that all have one thing in common: the Eastern West.
‘Romania today is possibly the only European country where you can bump into a witch at the supermarket.’
As a child, Clara learned that witches could make anything happen. As a grown-up, she had a few questions about it all and decided to knock on a witch’s door. But interviewing a witch turned out not to be so simple...
In the summer of 1976, the late Polish film director Andrzej Żuławski, responsible for infamous cult classics such as The Devil (1972) and Possession (1981), was given a green light to shoot the most expensive film ever made in Poland. On the Silver Globe was meant to be a massively ambitious science-fiction epic set on the Moon, showing the birth of a new civilisation, and produced without the benefit of modern special effects. But things didn’t quite go to plan.
After the Soviet Union invaded Poland from the east in 1939, many thousands of Polish families were deported to Siberian forced labour camps. There they not only faced bitter cold but constant hunger. Then Nazi Germany attacked the Soviet Union, and the families that were now allowed to leave. In many cases, only their children made it all the way to safety in Iran. Polish orphans were scattered around the world and a group of 700 would end up travelling to the small island on the other side of the world.
The Vietnam War was just ending when Hai ‘Nam’ Bui Ngoc had reached university. He was one of the few lucky ones given a chance to travel to the other side of the world to study ship building. After a few weeks spent travelling by train from Hanoi to Warsaw, he saw everything other than what he had imagined. But this was only the beginning of his incredible journey...
In August 1980, after the firing of popular shipyard worker, Anna Walentynowicz, a strike broke out at Shipyard in Gdańsk. Suddenly this massive complex on the Polish coast, with 16,000 employees, was under worker occupation, and every day other workplaces in Gdańsk and around the country started joining in.
How did a shipyard become a focal point for the battle for freedom and democracy? Find out in the latest episode of Stories From The Eastern West.
Chernobyl had cast a shadow over our childhoods. It was reportedly the cause of all the chronic diseases we’d struggled with.
We went there to walk into the belly of the beast, to debunk any nonsense around it. To hear about the disaster and everyday struggles.
But what we came back with was something else entirely – a beautiful and uplifting tale about love. Love for home, love for nature, love for people. Something stronger than the biggest nuclear accident in the history of humankind.
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