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Auschwitz Survivors

In this special 150th edition of the programme, Sue MacGregor brings together four people who survived the Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz.

In this special 150th edition of the programme, Sue MacGregor brings together four people who survived the Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz.

"There were no hugs, no kisses, no embrace. My mum was just pushed away with the other women and children. The dehumanisation began immediately. I didn't cry, it was as though I'd lost all my emotions."

Established by the Germans in 1940, in the suburbs of Oswiecim in south-west Poland, more than one million men, women and children were killed at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the Nazi death camps and the site of the largest mass murder in human history. Most of those brought to the camp were Jewish and nearly all were immediately sent to the gas chambers. Only a fraction survived.

Sharing their stories with Sue around the table are Auschwitz survivors Susan Pollack, Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, Zigi Shipper and Lily Ebert.

Producer: Eve Streeter
Series producer: David Prest
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

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45 minutes