Case History

Sunday, June 22, 1947

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Introduction. Social worker, Charlotte Winters, reflects on her experiences working with refugees. She meets Carl Shartok, pianist/conductor from Berlin who spent 5 years in a concentration camp. He wants desperately to work, but refuses to do anything related to music. Winters learns that Shertok was forced to conduct a concentration camp orchestra and tries to cure him of his guilt. Closing. Edwin Rosenberg speaks about the United Service for New Americans (USNA).

The Golden Door: Case History. Refugees. USNA. Edith Atwater - welfare worker; Harold Huber- refugee; Tom Adam; Jane Hovin; Milton Robertson, writer; Ray Levine - director

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 2301
Municipal archives id: LT934


Albert H. Arkus, Edith Atwater, Harold Huber and Ray Levine


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About The Golden Door

"I am a social worker," begins the fictionalized narrator, drawing the listener into this humanizing radio series.

The Golden Door series (1947) aimed to tell "of the making of New Americans of all races and creeds." Employing writing and acting talents of the day, the show predicts a kind of social info-tainment by dramatizing political issues.


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