The JDC Archives contains rich historical documents and photographs relating to Jewish communities in the modern period dating from 1914 to the present. JDC's records of its work in assisting Jewish communities, often in response to emergencies and critical periods in Jewish life, are a treasure trove of primary source material.
This original material can be used by educators in a variety of settings to bring historical events and challenges to life in a very meaningful and poignant way. In our Topic Guides, we seek to introduce briefly the historical event and provide rich primary source materials that the educator can utilize to develop lessons, curricula, programs, or readings. Included are original letters, reports, minutes of meetings, and historical photographic images. This material can be used in formal or informal education settings for ages ranging from high school to adults. The material can be used for the study of Jewish history, social responsibility, or general history.
JDC in the Displaced Persons (DP) Camps (1945-1957)
Discover JDC's work in the DP camps through historic documents, photos, and film footage.
JDC and the U.S. War Refugee Board (1944-45)
Explore primary sources that illustrate the relationship between JDC and President Roosevelt’s War Refugee Board.
The Story of the SS St. Louis (1939)
Use historic documents and photos to bring this chronicle of Jewish rescue alive for your classroom.
Refuge in Shanghai (1938-1953)
Experience the challenges facing Jewish refugees in China who escaped Nazism and spent the war years in this far-flung locale.