IWM podcast: The making of The Struggles for Poland
March 16, 2010
— Polska! Year
Imperial War Museum podcast: The making of The Struggles for Poland
In the first Imperial War Museum podcast, Alex Fitch talks to the creators of the Channel Four TV series ‘The Struggles for Poland’, originally broadcast on Channel Four in 1987. The series comprises 9 hour long episodes, each roughly covering a two decades of life in Poland during the 20th Century, with a couple focusing on religion in Poland over a longer period, and three focusing on the Second World War.
Alex talks to Executive Producer Martin Smith, Writer Neal Ascherson, researcher Wanda Koscia and Raye Farr, the producer of episode 3, now the director of the Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, about their experiences of working on the series and the political and cultural landscape of the time.
Longer versions of Alex’s interviews with Martin, Neal, Wanda and Raye are available from the Imperial War Museum Sound Archive. Please contact them via iwm [at] reference-service.info
To hear the companion podcast in which Alex talks to Struggles for Poland narrator and Oscar nominated actress Susannah York about her career, please click here.
For more info about this podcast please visit the home of this episode at podcasts.iwm.org.uk
Links: Film at Imperial War Museum London
Information about Polska! Year
IMDb pages on The Struggles for Poland, Martin Smith, Raye Farr and Neal Ascherson
Martin’s website – www.aboutmartinsmith.co.uk
More info about Neal Ascherson on wikipedia.org
Article by Wanda Koscia on The Warsaw Uprising at bbc.co.uk/history
Info about United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive
Listen to Alex’s interviews with Polish artists Andrzej Klimowski and Danusia Schejbal about their work and with Polish teacher Kinga about her experiences fleeing communist Poland as a child
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