Jewish Immigration to America

This is New Jersey 

Title

This is New Jersey 

Date

1947

Subject

Holocaust Survivors
Radio Programs
Farmers, Jewish

Description

"This is New Jersey,"  a radio play about a family of refugees who become chicken farmers in New Jersey, was broadcast in 1947 or 1948 as part of a weekly series produced by the New Jersey Department of Economic Development, and was most likely sponsored by the organization, the United Service for New Americans (USNA), as part of their campaign to create favorable impressions of Jews and refugees in an attempt to create public pressure for liberalized immigration quotas.

The play's main character, Max Schneider, a refugee chicken farmer in New Jersey, seems to be based on a real refugee chicken farmer, Siegfried Schweitzer, who had received USNA aid. When the Schneider family's chicken coop is destroyed in a storm, they're reluctant to go to their neighbors for help. But the neighbors come forward. When Max tearfully expresses his amazement and gratitude that they would help "a stranger, a foreigner," they point out that they themselves are the children or descendants of immigrants.

Creator

This is New Jersey

Source

Max and Frieda Weinstein Archive of YIVO Sound Recordings

Publisher

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

Format

MP3

Language

English

Type

Radio Broadcast

Identifier

YIVO RG 130 17.15

Rights

YIVO owns the compilation of content that is posted on this website, which consists of text, images, and/or audio, and video. However, YIVO does not necessarily own each component of the compilation. Some content is in the public domain and some content is protected by third party rights. It is the user's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in YIVO websites.

The materials on this web site may be used for personal, research and educational purposes only. Publication (including posting on the Internet and online exhibitions) or any other use without prior authorization is prohibited. Please visit https://www.yivo.org/Rights-Reproductions for more information about use of materials from this website.

YIVO has employed due diligence in seeking to identify copyright holders of the materials in this compilation. We invite any copyright owners who are not properly identified to contact us at yivomail@yivo.cjh.org.

Citation

This is New Jersey, “This is New Jersey,” YIVO Online Exhibitions, accessed October 21, 2021, https://immigrationusa.yivo.org/items/show/6396.
Submit a transcription, translation or additional information on the song or the performer