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CBC Interview with Me & My Mum

So my mum -- whose story inspired my new book, What World Is Left, and I were interviewed for the CBC radio show, All In a Weekend. The interview aired yesterday morning and I cried when I heard it. I'm trying my best to figure out how to post the mp3 of the interview on this blog entry, but I'm having a wee bit of trouble... may need to get the help of someone more technically savvy thanme (that means just about anyone!!)

Before last week's book launch, I have to admit I was a little worried my mum might get overwhelmed by all the attention (until quite recently, she had never discussed her experience in a Nazi concentration camp). But the good news is she is doing great. If you ask me, my mum, Celine Spier, is the real star in town lately. I'm just the "daughter of"!! Really, though, I'm so deeply glad and satisfied that I got her to share her story, and that I was able to turn it into a novel. Okay, wish me luck posting the interview... INT_Holocaust_mom_daughter.mp3

BY GOLLY, I THINK I JUST DID IT -- WITHOUT TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE!!

PS: Kim just wrote saying she can't access the file. Grrr (sound of grown woman growling.) Let me try to work on it.  And about the CTV interview: it airs this coming Thursday, October 30 at 6 P.M. on Debra Arbec's "My Montreal." 

Burst Water Main
What a Launch -- if I may say so myself!!
 

Comments

Guest - Kim on Monday, 27 October 2008 18:25

Sorry to burst your bubble... but I can't access the file I think it worked for you because it's a shortcut to your desktop, but we don't have access to it. Also, have I missed the CTV segment, or has it yet to air?

Sorry to burst your bubble... but I can't access the file :( I think it worked for you because it's a shortcut to your desktop, but we don't have access to it. Also, have I missed the CTV segment, or has it yet to air?
Guest - Julia at Orca on Tuesday, 28 October 2008 13:29

I think anyone who wants to hear it will need to have quick time installed to hear it.. I heard it no problem.

What a great interview. I loved hearing about the necklace... and how your mom didn't really want to talk about her experiences. I think it is fascinating how different countries/people have different ways of dealing with the emotional turmoil from that war. My grampa fought over there and he talked non stop about the trauma he went through.. yet my fiancee, who is Dutch, seems to have heard much less about what happened from his grandparents even though he lives right in the middle of where some pretty major combat happened (Rotterdam)

Thank you to both your mom and you for writing/sharing this story.

I think anyone who wants to hear it will need to have quick time installed to hear it.. I heard it no problem. What a great interview. I loved hearing about the necklace... and how your mom didn't really want to talk about her experiences. I think it is fascinating how different countries/people have different ways of dealing with the emotional turmoil from that war. My grampa fought over there and he talked non stop about the trauma he went through.. yet my fiancee, who is Dutch, seems to have heard much less about what happened from his grandparents even though he lives right in the middle of where some pretty major combat happened (Rotterdam) Thank you to both your mom and you for writing/sharing this story.
Guest - Sophie B. X. on Tuesday, 28 October 2008 19:20

The fancy clothes for Anne Frank... beauty could be harmful.

The lab I volunteered at is full of Chinese people, and so I try to practice my Chinese with them as much as possible. One of the topics we discussed was the Japanese occupation. The grandfather of one of the ladies there died from a bombing. Another said that his parents had to move into the mountains to hide from the Japanese soldiers, you did everything you could to survive.

I think your mom is very brave to talk about something that bothered her, about the train. It's even more touching that she's doing it for us, so that history doesn't repeat itself. "She's my hero" ;D

Love,
Sophie.

The fancy clothes for Anne Frank... beauty could be harmful. The lab I volunteered at is full of Chinese people, and so I try to practice my Chinese with them as much as possible. One of the topics we discussed was the Japanese occupation. The grandfather of one of the ladies there died from a bombing. Another said that his parents had to move into the mountains to hide from the Japanese soldiers, you did everything you could to survive. I think your mom is very brave to talk about something that bothered her, about the train. It's even more touching that she's doing it for us, so that history doesn't repeat itself. "She's my hero" ;D Love, Sophie.
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