In 1935 German-born Alfred Döblin, writing at the onset of his exile in America, told in his "Fairy Tale about Technology" the story of a Jew who loses his son ("who could sing beautifully") in the confusion of pogroms, revolution, and war of early 20th-century Russia. The old man is given first a gramophone and then a radio, and "with that he could hear things from far, far away, whenever people sang in the entire world, no matter who it was." One day on the radio the man hears again the voice of his long-lost son and tracks him…
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