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Witness History: Archive 2010

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Witness History: Archive 2010

Witness History: Archive 2010

BBC World Service

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136
Plays
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The story of our times told by the people who were there.

Latest Episodes

Albert Luthuli Receives the Nobel Peace Prize

When Chief Albert Luthuli won the Nobel Peace Prize he was living under a banning order in rural South Africa. His daughter Albertina talks to Witness. Also listen to archive recordings of his acceptance speech. He won the prize for advocating peaceful opposition to the Apartheid regime in South Africa. Picture: Albert Luthuli receives the Nobel Peace Prize in 1960, Credit: Keystone/Hulton Archive

9 MIN2013 OCT 5
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Albert Luthuli Receives the Nobel Peace Prize

Jamaica Slave Rebellion

*** Contains descriptions that some listeners may find upsetting *** Enslaved Africans are forced to work in sugar cane fields - the hours are long and there are frequent, brutal punishments. They have endured these conditions for 200 years. By 1831 the anti-slavery movement is gathering pace and the slaves decide to take action - by going on strike. Samuel Sharpe became a Jamaican national hero as he led the island's slaves in a rebellion against the overseers and sugar plantation owners. The rebellion was brutally crushed, but over time, the rebellion had a significant impact - and two years later in 1833 the Slavery Abolition Act is passed. Picture: Making sugar in Jamaica, Credit: HultonArchive/Illustrated London News/Getty Images

8 MIN2013 OCT 2
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Jamaica Slave Rebellion

Chiapas Uprising

People in the Chiapas region, led by the charismatic, ski-mask wearing, sub-commandante Marcos, rose up against the Mexican state. They called themselves, Zapatistas.

9 MIN2010 DEC 31
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Chiapas Uprising

Hamlet

The play Hamlet can tell us a great deal about the time in which it was written. At the turn of the 16th century England was faced with many of the problems which plague its hero.

9 MIN2010 DEC 30
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Hamlet

Assad and Syria

Hafez al Assad was the Syrian Defence Minister in the winter of 1970 when his struggle for power came to a head. His former friend, the hardline Baathist, Salah Jadid, was jailed for life.

9 MIN2010 DEC 29
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Assad and Syria

The Great Escape

The film, The Great Escape, has become an all-time favourite. It is about a mass breakout from a German prison camp during World War 2. Flight Lieutenant Ken Rees, who died in August 2014, took part in the real-life escape effort, and talked to us about the escape.

9 MIN2010 DEC 28
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The Great Escape

Christmas Truce

For several days over Christmas in 1914 the fighting stopped on the battlefields of the First World War. British and German soldiers left their trenches to sing carols, exchange gifts and even play football. With archive recordings from the BBC and testimony from the Imperial War Museum. Image: British and German troops make a Christmas and New Year truce at the Western Front, Credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

9 MIN2010 DEC 24
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Christmas Truce

Andrei Sakharov

The nuclear physicist and human rights activist Andrei Sakharov had spent seven years in internal exile in the Soviet city of Gorky. His return marked a change in attitude towards dissidents under the rule of Mikhail Gorbachev.

9 MIN2010 DEC 23
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Andrei Sakharov

Georgia in crisis

Christmas 1991 was a difficult time for the former Soviet republic of Georgia. Economic and political difficulties crippled the government. Armed men roamed the streets of the capital Tbilisi, looting and fighting.

9 MIN2010 DEC 22
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Georgia in crisis

Lockerbie

On December 21 1988 a US passenger plane blew up over Scotland. Pan Am flight 103 was heading for the USA when a bomb exploded on board, killing all the passengers and crew. The wreckage of the plane fell on the small town of Lockerbie in the Scottish borders. Witness hears from one man who lived through that night in Lockerbie.

9 MIN2010 DEC 21
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Lockerbie

Latest Episodes

Albert Luthuli Receives the Nobel Peace Prize

When Chief Albert Luthuli won the Nobel Peace Prize he was living under a banning order in rural South Africa. His daughter Albertina talks to Witness. Also listen to archive recordings of his acceptance speech. He won the prize for advocating peaceful opposition to the Apartheid regime in South Africa. Picture: Albert Luthuli receives the Nobel Peace Prize in 1960, Credit: Keystone/Hulton Archive

9 MIN2013 OCT 5
Comments
Albert Luthuli Receives the Nobel Peace Prize

Jamaica Slave Rebellion

*** Contains descriptions that some listeners may find upsetting *** Enslaved Africans are forced to work in sugar cane fields - the hours are long and there are frequent, brutal punishments. They have endured these conditions for 200 years. By 1831 the anti-slavery movement is gathering pace and the slaves decide to take action - by going on strike. Samuel Sharpe became a Jamaican national hero as he led the island's slaves in a rebellion against the overseers and sugar plantation owners. The rebellion was brutally crushed, but over time, the rebellion had a significant impact - and two years later in 1833 the Slavery Abolition Act is passed. Picture: Making sugar in Jamaica, Credit: HultonArchive/Illustrated London News/Getty Images

8 MIN2013 OCT 2
Comments
Jamaica Slave Rebellion

Chiapas Uprising

People in the Chiapas region, led by the charismatic, ski-mask wearing, sub-commandante Marcos, rose up against the Mexican state. They called themselves, Zapatistas.

9 MIN2010 DEC 31
Comments
Chiapas Uprising

Hamlet

The play Hamlet can tell us a great deal about the time in which it was written. At the turn of the 16th century England was faced with many of the problems which plague its hero.

9 MIN2010 DEC 30
Comments
Hamlet

Assad and Syria

Hafez al Assad was the Syrian Defence Minister in the winter of 1970 when his struggle for power came to a head. His former friend, the hardline Baathist, Salah Jadid, was jailed for life.

9 MIN2010 DEC 29
Comments
Assad and Syria

The Great Escape

The film, The Great Escape, has become an all-time favourite. It is about a mass breakout from a German prison camp during World War 2. Flight Lieutenant Ken Rees, who died in August 2014, took part in the real-life escape effort, and talked to us about the escape.

9 MIN2010 DEC 28
Comments
The Great Escape

Christmas Truce

For several days over Christmas in 1914 the fighting stopped on the battlefields of the First World War. British and German soldiers left their trenches to sing carols, exchange gifts and even play football. With archive recordings from the BBC and testimony from the Imperial War Museum. Image: British and German troops make a Christmas and New Year truce at the Western Front, Credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

9 MIN2010 DEC 24
Comments
Christmas Truce

Andrei Sakharov

The nuclear physicist and human rights activist Andrei Sakharov had spent seven years in internal exile in the Soviet city of Gorky. His return marked a change in attitude towards dissidents under the rule of Mikhail Gorbachev.

9 MIN2010 DEC 23
Comments
Andrei Sakharov

Georgia in crisis

Christmas 1991 was a difficult time for the former Soviet republic of Georgia. Economic and political difficulties crippled the government. Armed men roamed the streets of the capital Tbilisi, looting and fighting.

9 MIN2010 DEC 22
Comments
Georgia in crisis

Lockerbie

On December 21 1988 a US passenger plane blew up over Scotland. Pan Am flight 103 was heading for the USA when a bomb exploded on board, killing all the passengers and crew. The wreckage of the plane fell on the small town of Lockerbie in the Scottish borders. Witness hears from one man who lived through that night in Lockerbie.

9 MIN2010 DEC 21
Comments
Lockerbie
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