Everything Possible: JDC and the Children of the DP Camps

Siblings dressed in new clothes provided by JDC before leaving Neu Freiman for the train from Munich to Marseilles, and then, a ship to Israel. Germany, c. 1949. Some 12,000 passed through the Marseilles staging area each month. All stages of the trip were financed by JDC.  These new arrivals waited near their train in Marseilles after a long trip from Germany. A JDC transport took them next to a transit camp for further waiting, until they boarded a ship for Israel. France, c. 1949, <em>Herbert Steinhouse.</em> At the Neu Freiman camp near Munich, a JDC-sponsored dental exam was one of the first steps on this child's passage to Israel.  Germany, c. 1949.

A Home in Israel

JDC financed transport via France and Italy for refugees heading to Israel before and after statehood. Once Israel was established, the camps started to empty out. The immigration rate from the Italian camps ranged from 1,800 to 2,000 a month. Eventually, at least 136,000 displaced persons had settled in the new Jewish State.