Joy to the Old World

In the year since V-E day not a single entertainer, other than a D.P., had put on his act in any of the 333 D.P. camps. Last week the Yiddish theater's Molly Picon, saucer-eyed "idol of the East Side," and Jacob Kalich, her husband, the "Ziegfeld of Second Avenue," sailed from Manhattan for Europe to change all that.

Their plan: a summer swing through D.P. camps in France, Belgium, Denmark, Poland, Germany, Italy, Switzerland. Their act: a septilingual* song-&-story routine.

Said Molly: "We want to bring joy to people who haven't known it for years." To do it, they were paying...

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