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A Grandfather’s JDC Legacy

A Grandfather’s JDC LegacyMar 27, 2016   “I need not tell you that everybody loves Kowalsky in Poland, and how can they help it? His love is not only an emotional love but a love of respect and admiration. I am exceedingly pleased with his wonderful achievements, and appreciate very much the privilege of having Kowalsky connected with our work in Poland. At present he is director of the Brest-Litowsk district… In addition to his being efficient and successful in his work, he is an example of devotion to the cause, and is an inspiration to all other boys...

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Finding Her “Joint Family” in the Archives

Finding Her “Joint Family” in the ArchivesMar 23, 2016 Judy Adler Sheer was born in Bamberg, Germany, in a Displaced Persons (DP) Camp to Hungarian survivors of the Holocaust. After some time in Amsterdam, Judy and her family moved to the United States in 1955. Join Judy as she recounts her journey and how searching in the JDC Archives helped her learn more about her extended “Joint Family.” Judy Adler Sheer is a retired Jewish communal executive who lives in Riverdale, New York. This story has been shared with her...

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Issachar Ryback’s Agro-Joint Album

Issachar Ryback’s Agro-Joint AlbumMar 18, 2016     The Russian-French painter Issachar Ryback’s illustrated album, On the Jewish Fields of the Ukraine (1926), explores the daily ritual of farming for Jewish agriculturists. The portfolio, which features 25 reproductions of drawings and paintings of field laborers, is imprinted with Ryback’s expressionist style and cubist tendencies. A member of the Novembergruppe (German Expressionists), and an important figure in the Kultur-lige, Ryback’s career spanned countries, decades, and artistic genres. His album is a product of those varied experiences. Part of the JDC archival collection, the portfolio commemorates JDC’s efforts to strengthen the...

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Entwined: Sabah, JDC, and Me

Entwined: Sabah, JDC, and MeJan 6, 2016 To Naomi Levin, growing up as a granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor always seemed normal. Yet she soon learned that her Sabah (grandfather) and his life were not ordinary at all. Join Naomi as she reflects on her Sabah’s, William (Wolf) Ungar, tale of survival and how she discovered their “Joint” connection to JDC in our Archives. Explore your own family history in the JDC Names Index. Naomi Levin is currently a Program Specialist, Global Immersive Experiences, for JDC’s Entwine. This story has been shared with her...

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Records of JDC’s Role in “Operation Magic Carpet” Airlift Now Digitized

Records of JDC’s Role in “Operation Magic Carpet” Airlift Now DigitizedOct 16, 2015 JDC’s newly digitized Aden records detail JDC’s rescue and relief operations in the British Crown colony of Aden. Aden was the backdrop for Operation Magic Carpet, “the largest human airlift in history,” which brought almost 49,000 Yemenite Jews to Israel from December 1948-September 1950. JDC organized and financed the operation. Browse images of Operation Magic Carpet. Listen to Alaska Airlines president and pilot James Wooten’s moving account of one of the first flights of Operation Magic Carpet in 1949! This collection includes detailed passenger lists of the...

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Medals of Honor

Medals of HonorOct 13, 2015 For Holocaust survivor Wiktor Lezerkiewicz (Victor Lewis), soccer games at Bad Ischl Displaced Persons camp played an essential role in his postwar life. Originally from Krakow, Poland, Victor was active in the Jewish community, serving as a founder and continuous active board member of the Crakow Friendship Society and a board member of the Friends of Israel Disabled Veterans-Beit Halochem until his death in 2009. During the war, he was held captive in the Krakow Ghetto, at the Plashov concentration camp, and eventually became an inmate in Oskar Schindler’s factory in Brünnlitz, Chechoslovakia. He...

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Documenting JDC’s Work in the Soviet Union

Documenting JDC’s Work in the Soviet UnionJul 8, 2015   The document pictured to the right represents the opening of a new chapter in JDC’s work in the former Soviet Union. In 1991, a multi-entry visa was issued to Ralph Goldman, allowing travel among Washington, Moscow, Leningrad, Kiev, Minsk, and Vilnius, between July 1, 1991 and April 5, 1992. This visa reflects the outcome of Goldman’s extended and sensitive negotiations, during his second term as JDC’s Chief Executive Officer from 1986-1988, with Soviet officials in the Department of Religious Affairs, successfully navigating JDC’s return to what became the former Soviet...

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Miranda Carson Shares Her JDC Story

Miranda Carson Shares Her JDC StoryJun 24, 2015   When I recently started working at JDC, I was delighted to find the JDC Archives Names Index on the JDC Facebook page. My interest in family and history encouraged me to research both my grandparents’ lives. In my maternal family, we don’t have heirlooms passed through generations, nor do we have many other family members to call up and ask for details. We have stories; stories that change slightly over time, and with years, places, even names forgotten. Both my maternal grandparents were immigrants, their childhoods rocked by the horrors...

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