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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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Making Connections: Linking Finding Aids and Digitized Records

Making Connections: Linking Finding Aids and Digitized RecordsOct 9, 2016 The JDC Archives provides detailed finding aids for all of our digitized collections. These resources provide detailed descriptive and contextual information for our full-text digitized historic records, dating from JDC’s founding in 1914. The finding aids are vital for researchers across disciplines searching among JDC’s 2.8 million digitized original records for primary source material pertinent to their topic. When the finding aids were originally developed, for various technical reasons they did not include direct links to the digitized materials. We included specific language on our website to help users understand...

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JDC Archival Film and Video Collections as Historical and Genealogical Resources

JDC Archival Film and Video Collections as Historical and Genealogical ResourcesSep 29, 2016 Historical films and videos from the JDC archival collections provide a compelling visual representation of JDC’s global, rescue, relief and rehabilitation activities. Our film collection includes over 150 titles, primarily by and about JDC, produced from the late 1920s through the 1970s. These films are kept in climate-controlled storage via the National Center for Jewish Film. In addition, our JDC-related video collection, covering the 1980s through the 2000s, includes an estimated 2,200 original recordings, among them edited productions and raw footage, which are accessible at the...

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Lolita Goldstein (1917-2016): A Woman of Valor

Lolita Goldstein (1917-2016): A Woman of ValorSep 29, 2016   American historian, Laura Hobson Faure, pens the story of a wartime JDC staff member who recently passed away. Born in Spain in a German-Jewish family in 1917, Lolita Eschborn Goldstein moved to Germany as a young child. After Hilter’s rise to power, at age sixteen, she encouraged her family to flee. They sought refuge in Lisbon, where Lolita helped support her family by tutoring in English, French and German. In 1940, Lolita was encouraged to apply for a position with the newly-opened JDC office. During her interview with Dr....

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