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Misha Auer narrates "a story about a man and his family who will someday become American citizens." Briefly recounts his own story as a displaced person.
The drama is about a man, Joseph, who is forced to leave his home. Re-enactment of his long journey in a crowded box car. Upon his arrival, he assigned to a compound, rather than killed, because his skill as a watchmaker is needed. At the end of the war, he cannot return to Europe and is sent to another camp while he waits for permission to enter the US. The words of Philip Murray, president of the Congress of Industrial Organization (CIO) are recited: we are a nation of immigrants... There is no truth to the claims that allowing immigrants in would cause the loss of jobs. "Here, they will work for democracy - and our freedom." Joseph is allowed in to the US, where he is given a home and a place to live.
One day, in the plant where he was working, Joseph overhears a man talking about him. He is nominated for a Patriots Award as a new American.
The program closes with Donald Bucher (?), who introduces William Green, president of the American Federation of Labor (AFL).
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 2296
Municipal archives id: LT992
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Hello everybody this is Misha hour and. I want you to listen to a story about a man and his family would someday become an American citizen they arrived here recently and that's a very long ago you know them deep in this place grateful. I said I didn't want to laugh but I don't want you to feel sad either because this is a story about which we can feel proud and I know what I'm talking about because twenty eight years ago I myself was a displaced bird and at the age of fourteen I arrived in the USA wants to start a new life because my country was taken all the by the communists and I became unbearable this blessed country adopted me educated me and made you know American citizen. All my life it has been the most important the but every day that may be wrapping up the. Baby. I. Was at my feet and I thought of actually and his brother before him all of these lives by them I'm not going to tell him that I could put. Up with my leg and something because I don't. Like so many things that on this day that man never even. I never knew at that time. Until the day. DOCTOR. I was no longer part of the world like. All of us now. And so the. Reality becomes difficult. To. Hear. People are. Writing and. What happened. That night. Lined up at the tower. Going to. My. Name he hadn't called but he made the mistake right. Yeah. Now have major your move to compound come before. That make you a lucky man my shock if it weren't for one special thing you would not be alive now but. I understand your watchmaker We need someone to fix the clocks time is important in this camp we run things on an exact schedule so we will stay alive and make certain that everything we do isn't perfect time. Time I had given me my life time kept me alive until liberation but I kept of actually you know they need it's pretty sure to be. Ours too. But as long as a man is without freedom time in prison but then one day. It began again go over to liberation and come I'm sorry Mr Marshall I have no it seems but I have no hope in you or I must be I know what then but if you kept me here I am sick of cancer I don't get out your will but there immigration laws in the United States and we can't go again I know about that you know if you will be going through I know you but but after we've been forgotten I don't think you listen to the words of Son of Mary president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations in the preamble to the Constitution of the CIA Oh it is written we are a nation of immigrants and the children of immigrants but these words as part of the Creed by which we live we never can forget that all of us without one single exception are the sons and daughters of the man who came to America to escape on democratic government religious persecution and human exploitation. The day this flight from totalitarianism toward freedom calls its people by a brand new name this placed person the sound of it is new but the story behind it is the oldest one I know people looking to the United States for the chance to live with dignity and hope let me say for the record that we can find absolutely no basis in fact or reason for the fear that admitting one hundred thousand immigrants a year for four years would jeopardize the jobs of American citizens is not the presence of eager and willing workers such as these people are which causes unemployment on the contrary they stimulate employment by contributing their important share to the sum total of productive economic activity in our country they know tyranny and its destruction here they will work for democracy and its freedom. We have the CIA all made the guns and use them believed in the things we were fighting we still do let us not stop now let us join once more with the people who began our fight. In America we are all the children of immigrants. The time that we got down to the short white the return of our brothers. They passed a lot of people say a very good one but for me luck changed and I was admitted to the United States. The harbor of New York was filled with sheep people all Dell coming out to the greatest city in the greatest country in the burn. But can I say about that. Everyone. An organization that found me a home another had found be a job in the watch RACKLEY. It seemed like there would never be problem again the long dark years but over behind the I thought that he had in America I wouldn't last I'm a great a man who wanted to live that other man a job of Emily and a future I thought all these until one day in the land but I was working a day I heard a man say something that I had been afraid to admit it's having trouble like a guy I guess starting your life all over again at the break up probably. Slightly Well I don't mean any harm maybe if he knew we were all behind them. Damn right that was all I'm not going on a lot meaner than I thought I was going to go by that I thank you. I guess you heard what your neighbor over there at the same Yeah. Yeah I heard you've been pressing through high quality no let up on that let's no time limit on you're making good it's hard to break a habit especially a bad one you see I learned quite a few of them in the last few years. I don't blame you for being impatient but it's so important that I get along here so very important I know stop worrying you're going to do OK here we look at you the same way we do it any other guy you have something to add to the way we do things. Remember we want to hear. Who's going to choose. The puppet of people before names go marching what's the plan for war before we. Go and jam. You in trying to get looks like people around. Not giving the stock. I will go on with a meeting. Brotherhood Miko's like say a few words about the Patriots' Day celebration to be held by a local Well Michael. Job on the Patriots Day Committee is a pretty big deal it takes a guy who knows the score a guy who knows what it means to live under tyranny and what it means to live under freedom now we've got a guy like that and. It was sort of tough for him when he first came here but he caught on fact every man in this room tonight has a different name yet in one way they're all the same because all of them together are American ones so now I want to give you a new name to add to the thousands of others in this town for the Patriots Day Committee of our union I nominate a new American I nominate. You. I think most important thing in my life. I am me to believe and to come here now I. Was hit with another the United States of America. But the people at that time I was with the. Ladies and gentlemen this is Donald Buca I have the honor to present you now Mr William Graham president of the American Federation of Labor that America is all things to all men the way two hundred fifty thousand men women and children in the D.P. camps of Europe America is life it is a sad irony that three and a half years after VE day that displaced persons exist on the fringe of our civilization locked out by the provisions of a discriminatory act of Congress the American Federation of Labor at its sixty seventh annual convention in Cincinnati this past November made a serious of recommendations for amendments to the present D.P. law which will make it favorable fair and just on April twenty one nineteen forty seven General Lucille's clay our commander in Europe close the D.P. camp to further admissions we believe that this is that they put should be used to define a displaced person not the December nineteenth forty five date now when you see this early date cuts off the majority of the Jewish displaced persons who found refuge in the camps during nineteen forty six they have other theories that Marley just lets the United States at MIT one hundred thousand people a year for four years the present law cuts that figure in how. We want to eliminate the provisions of the Act under which the Zetas issued the D.P.'s borrowed from the quarters of their countries of birth for this present opposed vision cuts the flow of regular immigrants by fifty percent for many years to come. The acknowledged states that A.D.P. must have a job I'm the home found for him before leaving Europe we don't require this on workable detail under our regular immigration laws we must have a fairer build the care for the admission of this place persons to our country America is all things to all men let's prove it has a heart as well as a mind the to. Do I just heard Joseph in America that is by the Citizens Committee on displaced persons but used by Ted notice written by open border and directed by James held original music by John God this is the little speak the truth. Back during your.