Why Holocaust lessons are still vital today, plus is ‘colourblind’ casting of new David Copperfield movie a good thing?

The World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem is the largest diplomatic event in Israel’s history. Marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, leader from countries including Germany, France and Russia are attending. The UK is being represented by the Prince of Wales, who gave a powerful, and prescient, speech reminding us of the lessons we must still learn from the Holocaust. Julian Glover joins The Leader podcast to discuss what parallels Prince Charles was drawing between the events of the 1940s and today.


David Copperfield’s colourblind casting

Armando Ianucci’s new movie, The Personal History of David Copperfield, does a lot of things differently – but the most noticeable one is the casting of Dev Patel in the title role. The Evening Standard’s Katie Rosseinsky’s spoken to Dev about that, and joins The Leader podcast to discuss what it means for the future of ‘colourblind’ casting in major movies.


TRANSCRIPT:

David Marsland 0:00  

Hello, it's David here before we start a quick reminder that you can subscribe to The Leader through your podcast provider. And we'd love it if you told your friends about us, also get in touch use the hashtag the leader podcast; now, from the Evening Standard in London. This is The Leader.


Hi, I'm David Marsland and Prince Charles has marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz with a speech in Jerusalem.


Prince Charles 0:34  

Ladies and gentlemen, almost a lifetime has passed since the horror of the Holocaust unfolded on the European continent and those who bore witness to it, sadly, ever fewer.


David Marsland 0:48  

And associate editor Julian Glover will take us through what he said and why those events resonate so much today.


Also, 


Dev Patel 0:54  

you know Armando says it better than anyone he's like why can't I just draw from 100% of the acting community they're actors, you know you watch a theater show and no one questions you know the color of anyone's skin and that


David Marsland 1:04  

Dev Patel has spoken to the Evening Standard's Katie Rosseinsky about the colorblind casting of the new David Copperfield movie - could own period dramas feature non white actors in leading roles?


Taken from the Evening Standard's editorial column This is The Leader, for the whole thing pick up the newspaper or head to Standard.co.uk/comment. In a moment, the lessons we must learn today about the horrors of Auschwitz.


The World Holocaust forum in Jerusalem is the largest diplomatic event in Israel's history. Marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, leaders from countries including Germany, France and Russia are attending, the UK is being represented by the Prince of Wales.


Prince Charles 2:03  

For my own part I have long drawn inspiration from the selfless actions of my dear grandmother, Princess Allison Greece, who in 1943 in Nazi occupied Athens, saved a Jewish family by taking them into her home and hiding them.


David Marsland 2:29  

Our editorial column says the speech Prince Charles gave at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial contain powerful messages for today's audience.


ES Comment 2:38  

75 years ago, our country was nearing the end of a war fought for freedom. Auschwitz fell to the Soviets on January 27th , Buchenwald to the Americans on April...
 

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