Summary of Radio Program:
What a pleasure to listen to this
This program is fifteen-minutes long and
is mostly in English, though it has
enough Yiddish to satisfy lovers of the
The show begins with them singing a
Yiddish-English melody of "There's No
Business Like Show Business."
Seymour and Miriam begin to honor Zalmen
Zylbercweig by talking about Z.'s
history with the Yiddish theatre, which
began in Lodz.
Seymour and Miriam then sing together in
Yiddish the song "The Whole World is a
Then comes the first of a number of
advertisements (that they themselves
participate in conversationally) for
Maxwell House Coffee.
They continue talking about Z., about
his visit to Ab. Cahan and his receiving
a job from the Forverts, then an award
for Z.'s thirty-years involvement in
Yiddish theatre, then Ab. Cahan's praise
of Z., etc.
Seymour says that Z. discovered him when
he was playing as a "wunderkind" in
Lodz, and also how Z. introduced Seymour
in Paris on stage. Then on stage young
Seymour sang a lullaby in Yiddish. which
he does now during the program in a
combination of Yiddish and English,
called "Rozinkes mit mandlen (Raisins
Then another advertisement for Maxwell
Then Miriam talks about her first
meeting with Z., when she was rehearsing
the play "Shulamis" in Kovno for the
"Lexicon" (i. e. which helped raise
funds for Z.'s work.) When it was
announced to the Kovno public that Z.
would be at her performance, it sold
out. Seymour and Miriam then discuss
some of men she had performed "Shulamis"
with over the years. Then we hear a
terrific recording of Miriam and Leon
Liebgold sing in Yiddish the "Love Duet"
Miriam talks about Z.'s dedicated wife,
Celia, who was instrumental in Z.'s
success, and Z.'s unpublished volume 7
of the "Lexicon" was being given out in
Finally, they bid s adieu as Miriam says
they are on air every Monday and
Wednesday, then of course mention about
their sponsor, Maxwell House coffee,
which is "good 'til the last drop.'"
Credits: The estate of Zalmen
Zylbercweig, and the /Forward
Association. Synopsis by Steven Lasky.
1964 -- Renown
singer and actress Fraydele Oysher
visits the Zylbercweig Studio.