Joseph In America

The exact date of this episode is unknown. We've filled in the date above with a placeholder. What we actually have on record is: 1947-06-06 (ca.).

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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