Episode 51 of Hatradio! is with Adi Berkovits, a son honoring his father, Eduard, through the creation and eventual performance of an original musical – THE JOURNEY HOME. Adi, a musician and songwriter (and the brother of Lou Berkovits, my first guest on HatRadio!) tells us about the deeply inspiring story of his sixteen year old father’s trek, with his thirteen year old brother, to find their home in Romania following their liberation from a concentration camp. The musical – a first of its kind – will be performed at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts on March 25th and will include a nine-piece orchestra and three singers. The backdrop will be parts of a Shoah Foundation interview with Eduard. The beauty of episode 51 is that we are privy to Adi’s unabashed openness about his own life and the bravery he inherited from Eduard. Adi’s tells us about his enormous struggle dealing with a terrible stutter. We hear a private moment in his life, a time when he was too scared to order a medium coffee in a cafe, because he could not get out words that began with ‘m’. Over time, Adi knew he had to fix his problem. And he did. One day he ‘marched up’ to the cashier and proudly ordered a MEDIUM COFFEE. This episode is about a son, a Survivor, courage, creativity, growth and love. Have a listen. You’ll grow through it because you’ll see yourself in Aid’s life. HatRadio! The show that schmoozes.
A special thanks to David Nefesh for the HatRadio! song; Howard Pasternack for his post production work and Stephanie Kazdan, for the HatRadio! poster. I’m grateful.