The Escape Artist – Jonathan Freedland

Nov 18, 2022 | aging, books, culture, Health, politics, seniors, technology

The Not Old Better Show, Smithsonian Associates Interview Series

Welcome to The Not Old Better Show, Smithsonian Associates Interview series on radio and podcast.  I’m Paul Vogelzang and today’s show is in honor of the upcoming International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 2023…just around the corner.

Thank you so much for listening.  As I say, we’ve got a great guest today, who, after reading his new book, I’ve been looking forward to for a while and whom I’ll introduce in just a moment…But, quickly, if you missed any episodes, last week was our 675th episode, and I spoke to Lola Jaye, about her new book, The Attic Child.  Two weeks ago I spoke with Dr. David Berger to answer your questions about CBD, hemp, THC, and the medical benefits of marijuana.  Wonderful stuff…If you missed those shows, along with any others, you can go back and check them out with my entire back-catalog of shows, all free for you there on our website,…and if you leave a review, we will read it at the end of each show…leave reviews on Apple Podcasts for us.

As I mentioned in our opening, January 2023 will mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and I encourage remembrance in a world scarred by genocide. Our guest today, award-winning author and Smithsonian Associate Jonathan Freedland, has written the amazing new book, ‘The Escape Artist,’ which we will be discussing today in anticipation of Jonathan Freedland’s upcoming Smithsonian Associates presentation.  Please check our show notes for details to see and hear Jonathan Freedland at Smithsonian Associates.

‘The Escape Artist; The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World,’ This is a true story, and as you heard from Jonathan Freedland’s wonderful reading, the ‘Him” is Rudolf ‘Rudi’ Vrba, The Man who broke out of Auschwitz.  Please join me in welcoming to The Not Old Better Show on radio and podcast Smithsonian Associate Jonathan Freedland.    

In April 1944, Rudolf Vrba became the first Jew to break out of Auschwitz and successfully make his way to freedom, one of just four whoever pulled off that near-impossible feat. He did it to reveal the truth of the death camp to the world and to warn the last Jews of Europe what fate awaited them at the end of the railway line.

That of course is our guest today, Smithsonian Associate Jonathan Freedland reading from his new book, which is excellent, ‘The Escape Artist; The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World,’ is the true story of Rudolf ‘Rudi’ Vrba. 

My thanks to Jonathan Freedland, who’ll be appearing at Smithsonian Associates coming up.  Please check out our show notes from today for more details about Smithsonian Associates featuring Jonathan Freedland.  We’re grateful for Mr. Freedland’s time and his generous reading, again the new book is: ‘The Escape Artist; The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World,’ is the true story of Rudolf ‘Rudi’ Vrba.  My thanks to the Smithsonian team for all they do to support the show.  And, my thanks to you, my wonderful audience here on radio and podcast.  Please be well, and be safe, which I’m telling you each show, followed by my message to eliminate assault rifles. Only members of the military use these weapons.  Assault rifles are killing our children and grandchildren in the very places they learn: school.  Let’s do better.  Let’s talk about better.  The Not Old Better Show Smithsonian Associates interview series on radio and podcast.  Thanks, everybody, and we’ll see you next week. 

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