Holocaust Survivors, Secret Pigeons in WWII, Last Hermit
Constant Wonder - Radio Archive, Episode 253
- Sep 13, 2019 8:00 pm
- 1:41:27 mins
“It’s important to have something that makes you laugh a little bit” Guest: Tamir Elterman, journalist, filmmaker, and director, “Spring Chicken” and "Muhi: Generally Temporary" What do a 94-year-old Israeli holocaust survivor in a rest home and a seven-year-old Palestinian boy without hands or feet living in an Israeli hospital have in common? More than you might think. Holocaust Story (originally aired June 4, 2019) Guest: Jeff Jacoby, columnist, "The Boston Globe" Jeff Jacoby’s father, Mark Jacoby, is a Holocaust survivor. More than that, though, he is a father, a husband, a practicing Jew, and a happy man. This is the story of the triumph of faith and the human spirit. WWII Pigeon Messages Guest: Gordon Corera, author "Operation Columba, The Secret Pigeon Service: The Untold Story of World War II Resistance in Europe" During World War II, pigeons were air dropped behind German lines with pleas for help. Ordinary people living in occupied Europe responded with information of life and resistance under the shadow of Germany, as well as key pieces of intel which helped to win the war. The Last True Hermit (originally aired June 7, 2019) Guest: Michael Finkel, author, "The Stranger in the Woods" Let's explore social isolation--complete social alienation--by focusing on a single, highly unusual, and actual quite baffling story. It’s baffling because we social creatures can hardly imagine it: a man disappears from society for twenty-seven years. He lives in utter isolation, in the woods. Not far from people, but in a place where they can’t ever see him. He’s in hiding. In all those 27 years he exchanges words with another human being apparently only once.