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Terror as part of a plane falls out of the sky


My earliest memories are associated with World War II
Jan Klein Scientist
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But the hardship on the farm was not the only factor that was disturbing the golden glow that I now see in my memories of my homeland. Another was the development... political development in the country. The part where I was born was, as I said... they were occupied by many German-speaking people and at the time of my birth they were becoming very vocal and they wanted to have... join... have to join Germany. It's called... the general area is called Sudetenland and Sudeten Germans, many of them, were on the side of Hitler. So... and Hitler of course responded to this and demanded that Sudetenland would be joined to Reich, to great Germany. In a very sad and nasty decision in 1938 Great Britain and France agreed to... gave Hitler his way. So suddenly Silesia, the part... my homeland... became part of Germany. Of course the history is known to everybody, then Hitler didn't... was not satisfied with what he got, he wanted the rest of Czechoslovakia, he got the Czech, the Bohemia and the Moravia, then he wanted Poland, he got Poland and that led, of course, to World War II. I have many memories and actually my earliest memories of my childhood are somehow associated with the war. I will just mention a couple of them.

Born in 1936, Jan Klein is a Czech-American immunologist who co-founded the modern science of immunogenetics – key to understanding illness and disease. He is the author or co-author of over 560 scientific publications and of seven books including 'Where Do We Come From?' which examines the molecular evolution of humans. He graduated from the Charles University at Prague in 1955, and received his MS in Botany from the same school in 1958. From 1977 to his retirement in 2004, he was the Director of the Max Planck Institute for Biology at Tübingen, Germany.

Listeners: Colm O'hUigin

Colm O'hUigin is a senior staff scientist at the US National Cancer Institute. He received his BA, MSc and PhD at the Genetics Department of Trinity College, Dublin where he later returned as a lecturer. He has held appointments at the Center for Population and Demographic Genetics, UT Houston, and at the University of Cambridge. As an EMBO fellow, he moved in 1990 to the Max Planck Institute for Biology in Tübingen, Germany to work with Jan Klein and lead a research group studying the evolutionary origins of immune molecules, of teeth, trypanosomes and of species.

Tags: Sudetenland, Silesia, Adolf Hitler

Duration: 2 minutes, 42 seconds

Date story recorded: August 2005

Date story went live: 24 January 2008