Walter Bingham (journalist)
Walter Bingham MM, born Wolfgang Billig in Karlsruhe, Weimar Republic 1924, is a British-Israeli journalist, actor, entrepreneur, holocaust survivor and decorated World War II veteran. He made Aliyah to Israel in 2004. At age 95 in 2019, Walter is Israel's oldest working journalist. He holds the Guinness World Record as oldest Radio Talkshow Host.
Bingham in 2018
Walter was a driver in the British Royal Army Service Corps, took part in the invasion of Normandy in June 1944 and was subsequently transferred to Counter Intelligence, where he also interviewed Nazi foreign minister Joachim von Ribbentrop who denied all knowledge of the Holocaust.
|“||I spoke to Ribbentrop (..) He was good looking and spoke excellent English. He had the cheek to say he knew nothing about the destruction of the Jews. He was the first to be hanged.||”|
|— Walter Bingham, Jerusalem Post, 2011.|
Walter Bingham was active in an Orthodox Zionist youth group, preparing him to agricultural Kibbutz life in Mandatory Palestine. He survived the holocaust because of a Kindertransport to Great Britain in 1939, where he lived for the most part in a Zionist Kibbutz type community. Bingham witnessed the Nazi book burnings that followed soon after the Nazi Seizure of Power and also Kristallnacht. He took part on the front line in the Normandy landings of 1944.
Walter is a Military Medal recipient, awarded for ‘Bravery in the Field’ by King George VI. Recipients of the Military Medal are entitled to use the post-nominal letters "MM". In February 2018 he was awarded France's highest honour, the Légion d'honneur for his participation in the Normandy landings.
Later, Bingham had a career as a journalist and broadcaster in Britain. He also acted in numerous movies and TV shows. Among his acting credits is a wizard in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. as well as numerous roles in various TV documentaries calling for older men with white beards. He was also an advertising model and Santa Claus in London's premier department stores Harrods and Selfridges.
In 2018 Bingham became the world's oldest skydiver when he participated in a parachute jump in northern Israel.
- "Arrivals: A true professional" (Features). Jpost Inc. jpost.com. 3 June 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
- Bingham, Walter. "Walter Bingham speech in Jerusalem - How Walter Changed His Name". Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
- "Walter Bingham at 91". JPost.com. Jerusalem Post. 22 January 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
- After conviction at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials.
- "About Walter Bingham". Arutz Sheva. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
- Bingham, Walter. "In The Last Days TV Programme 12 - Walter Bingham - Eyewitness to The Holocaust". youtube.com. In The Last Days TV Programme. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
- Duffy, Michael. "Encyclopedia: Military Medal". Retrieved 4 May 2014.
- "Arutz Sheva host receives France's highest honor". Israel National News. Retrieved 2018-02-18.
- "Holocaust survivor, Normandy veteran receives Legion d'Honneur". The Jerusalem Post | JPost.com. Retrieved 2018-02-18.
- "Walter Bingham Knows Jewish History, Because He Lived It". israelnationalnews.com. Arutz Sheva. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
- "Walter Bingham". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-02-18.
- "Walter's World - News - Israel National News". Israel National News. Retrieved 2018-02-18.
- "It's Decision Time – Should Israel Deport Or Absorb The Infiltrators – The Walter Bingham File [audio] 🎧". Israel News Talk Radio. Retrieved 2018-02-18.
- "British Kindertransport refugee, 94, becomes Israel's oldest skydiver". Retrieved 2018-10-23.