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JDC Archives partners with Google Cultural Institute

JDC Archives partners with Google Cultural InstituteJan 24, 2017 The JDC Archives has partnered with Google Cultural Institute to bring archival treasures online to the visionary digital platform, Google Arts & Culture. On the site, the JDC Archives page will highlight close to 70 treasures from our collection, including photographs, text documents, artifacts, film, and audio, along with two abridged exhibits based on, “I Live. Send Help.,” our centennial exhibit, which was presented at the New-York Historical Society in 2014. The website is an amalgamation of Google Art Project, which spotlights high-resolution images of works of art from museums...

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JDC Historic Films Available for Use in the Classroom

JDC Historic Films Available for Use in the ClassroomJan 6, 2017   The JDC Archives is pleased to announce that selections from its historic film collection are now available for scholars and educators for use in the university classroom setting. Responding to requests from academics, the JDC Archives has prepared copies of digitized film and videos for classroom use. This generation of students is particularly immersed in visual media. Thus, film emerges as an effective educational tool. And film not only helps students to learn about history, but also stimulates their imagination. Screening an entire historical film or a...

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New Book on Jewish Refugees and JDC in Warsaw during the Holocaust

New Book on Jewish Refugees and JDC in Warsaw during the HolocaustJan 6, 2017 “We appeal to your conscience and extend our hands to request aid. Please save us!” This plea for help from Polish Jewish expellees reached the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) office in Warsaw in June 1940. The words of these helpless Jews, who were expelled from their homes and hometowns, and forced to flee from one location to another within German-occupied Poland, present the desperate situation of displaced Jews during the Holocaust, and highlight the key role that JDC played for them. Thus, Dr....

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JDC Archives Launches a Documentary Film Grant

JDC Archives Launches a Documentary Film GrantNov 10, 2016 When Linda Levi, Director of JDC Global Archives, invited a documentary filmmaker to screen a clip from her upcoming film at the JDC Archives Committee meeting in September 2016, Levi’s aim was to demonstrate to Committee members some of the creative ways in which researchers utilize our historical records. The lively discussion that ensued, and the enthusiastic response from the audience, led JDC Board and Archives Committee member Jane Swergold to spearhead an effort to create a funding opportunity for such filmmakers. This is how the JDC Archives Documentary Film...

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JDC Historical Annual Reports Now Online

JDC Historical Annual Reports Now OnlineOct 10, 2016 “Truly, if we are worthy of the communion of Jewish fellowship, we shall with resolute heart and hand take upon ourselves at least a small portion of that heavy burden which is grinding down our fellow Jews to desperation and despair, and give again to these men and women of our faith and common blood and heritage the warm clasp of sympathy and understanding and helpfulness, symbolized and made articulate by the work of this Joint Distribution Committee.” Thus ends the Summary of the JDC Annual Report for 1932, penned by...

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