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Hugo Gryn – Three Minutes of Hope

In Al Matthews, Book, Continuum, David Gryn, Erich Segal, Gryn, Hugo Gryn, Isaac Gryn, Julia Neuberger, Lionel Blue, Martin Gilbert, Maureen Lipman, Michael Buerk, Moral Maze, Naomi Gryn, Oliver McTernan, On the God Slot, Rabbi, Roger Royle, Three Minutes of Hope, Tom Stoppard on 16/11/2010 at 2:21 pm

Hugo Gryn photos by Sharon Chazan


Hugo Gryn‘s death triggered a huge outpouring of grief, not just from the congregation at the West London Synagogue where he was rabbi for 32 years, but for the much wider audience who had come to know him as a regular panelist on The Moral Maze and through the nuggets of wisdom he used to broadcast on various ‘God slots’ for the BBC and Capital Radio.
With just a couple of minutes to inject a dose of spirituality into the daily lives of believers and non-believers alike, Hugo’s gentle humour, his warmth and compassion, his deep spirituality and his unquenchable faith in humanity made a lasting impression on listeners and he is remembered with affection by millions. This collection of his best radio scripts, arranged by theme (ranging from the Holocaust to Mahatma Gandhi) and given a personal and historical context by Hugo Gryn’s daughter, Naomi, will delight his existing admirers and bring his wit and wisdom to a new generation. It provides a fitting memorial in what would have been his 80th birthday year.
Rabbi Hugo Gryn was born in the Carpathian town of Berehovo in 1930 and deported to Auschwitz at the age of thirteen. He was rabbi at the West London Synagogue for thirty-two years, but was perhaps best known for his ‘ministry of the airwaves’, particularly as a regular panellist on the BBC’s Moral Maze.
NAOMI GRYN is a writer and documentary filmmaker. She co-authored and edited her father’s posthumous memoir, Chasing Shadows (Viking, 2000).
Three Minutes of Hope - Hugo Gryn on the God Slot - Edited by Naomi Gryn

Three Minutes of Hope - Hugo Gryn on the God Slot - Edited by Naomi Gryn

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