Christmas 1944

Friday, December 22, 1944

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

Christmas dramas.

A girl and her mother talk about Santa and the Christmas spirit.
A roll-call of Christmas-celebrating lands: Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, France, Belgium, Greece, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Yugoslavia, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria.

Three additional countries that celebrate Christmas, "where hidden from the storm troops greed-eyed this holiday is kept": Italy, Spain, Germany.

Two Americans, a Christian and a Jew, watch a group of Italian refugees praying at Christmastime.

"Peace is on the earth 'midst screaming guns and battles' hollow crash."

The girl from the opening is allowed to light the Christmas tree.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 43539


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About Miscellaneous

Programs ranging from the 1930s to the 1970s covering a variety of cultural and political topics.

From archival broadcasts of sewer plant openings to single surviving episodes of long-defunct series, "Miscellaneous" is a catch-all for the odds and ends transferred as part of the New York Public Radio Archives Department's massive NEH-funded digitization project, launched in 2010.

Buried in this show you will find all sorts of treasures, from the 1937 dedication of the WNYC Greenpoint transmitter to the 1939 lighting of the City Hall Christmas tree and the 1964 reception for Nobel Prize recipient Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

This collection includes some unique “slice-of-life” productions that provide a telling portrait of America from the 1940s through the 1950s, such as public service announcements regarding everything from water conservation to traffic safety and juvenile delinquency and radio dramas such as "The Trouble Makers" and "Hate, Incorporated."



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