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Jewish Underground Protest Songs to Be Rebroadcast on Wqxr

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“Silent No More,” a recording by Theodore Bikel of Soviet Jewish underground protest songs, which was broadcast originally by WQXR on two consecutive Saturdays (May 22 and 29), with discussion and music of the Russian Jewish community in Moscow evoked such an unusually heavy listener response as to prompt the radio station to rebroadcast the two-hour program on June 13 and 20, from 2:06 to 3 p.m. Subsequently the record will be released by Star Record Company. Robert Sherman, WQXR’s program director will have as his guests on both programs Bikel, the noted folk singer and star of stage, screen and records; Issachar Miron, renowned composer, former music deputy director of Israel and officer-in-chief of art and music of the Israel Defense Army during the War of Liberation, perhaps most famous for his internationally acclaimed song “Tzena Tzena”; and a young scientist whose name for broadcast purposes and the sake of security will be “Ben-Tzion.” All three men will discuss the music and its significance providing first-hand accounts of Jewish life in Russia today. “Silent no More” is a project of the American Jewish Congress, and the proceeds from the sales of the records will be used to set up scholarships for young Russian Jewish students at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Will Maslow, executive vice-president of the AJCongress said that the program will be syndicated with WQXR and concerned unions consent in other cities.

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