The State We're In, 10 December. A Norwegian filmmaker on joining anarchists in their fight against neo-Nazism, and the betrayal she regrets to this day. A Dutch football fan and his comic odyssey in becoming part-owner of one of the most expensive soccer clubs in the world. And a 97-year-old veteran on the Warsaw Uprising who was jailed by the country he put his life on the line for. Comment on the show.
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Karen Winther wanted nothing more than to be a somebody when she was growing up in Oslo. She felt elated when a group of anarchists took her on board, and had her live with them in their squat .
At the time, there was a violent rivalry between the anarchists and neo-Nazis (more photos below).
It was then that Karen made a decision that she’s regretted ever since.
Karen made a documentary about her experiences with anarchists and neo-Nazis called The Betrayal.
When the team was facing bankruptcy, a friend asked John to chip in £50,000 to buy the club.
And he did - without telling his wife. Swansea City is now one of the most prestigious teams in the world.
John tells host Jonathan Groubert about his unlikely odyssey from football fan to football executive.
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John van Zweden’s Swansea City Museum
When the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, Stefan Bałuk joined the underground resistance. He carried out extremely dangerous missions, at times crawling kilometres through filthy sewers to stay undetected.
But he was later jailed by Communist officials for his activities and it took decades for his home city to recognize him as a hero.
Now 97, he reflects on what "hero" means, and doesn’t mean, to him (more photos below).
Stefan Bałuk's book is 'Silent and Unseen: I was a Polish WWII special ops commando', published by Askon (Polish language). For more information, .
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