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Many postwar materials aligned the immigration of Jewish survivors with the arrival of the pilgrims, who also sought freedom from religious persecution. At the time, it was common to refer to the DPs as Delayed Pilgrims, evoking the American founding myth to explicitly connect America’s past as a haven of the oppressed to the ongoing DP crisis.

Some additional radio programs that referred to Pilgrims to tell the stories of Displaced Persons:

Delayed Pilgrim’s Dinner, sponsored by United Service for New Americans

aired: November 27, 1947

The Arrival of the Delayed Pilgrims
aired: WNYC, 1947/48

Freedom Train: Delayed Pilgrims
aired: January 16, 1949

The Eternal Light: “The Late Comers”
aired: November 23, 1947

Find and listen to more radio programs sponsored by the Citizen's Committee on Displaced Persons at
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