In the 1930s, 40s and 50s, Yiddish radio flourished across the United States; from advice shows and variety shows to man-on-the-street interviews and news broadcasts. Yiddish radio gave listeners a unique window into American Jewish life, but sadly, much of the programming was lost.

Years later, when producer and ethnomusicologist Henry Sapoznik rediscovered hours of rare material, he — along with StoryCorps founder Dave Isay and fellow producer Yair Reiner — started the Yiddish Radio Project, a 10-part series that ran on NPR in 2002, and paid homage to the Golden Age of Yiddish radio.

In this episode of the StoryCorps podcast, we’re looking back at that golden age and one show in particular. It was called Reunion, and it reconnected people live on air. This is the story of how how Holocaust survivor Siegbert Freiberg reunited with his father.


Top photo: Artwork by Eleanor Davis.
Bottom photo: Max and Siegbert Freiberg embrace during their on-air reunion, July 6, 1947.

Released on December 11, 2018.

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“A day in Port-Royal” by Ending Satellites from the album And so sing the black birds
Untitled #9” by Yusuke Tsutsumi from the album Birds Flying in the Dark