Everything Possible: JDC and the Children of the DP Camps

Jewish survivors board a ship at Bremerhaven leaving for the U.S. The JDC Emigration Service furnished emigrants with clothing, luggage, pocket money, and children's toys.  Germany, c. 1949, <em>Al Taylor.</em> A young child sits among her family's baggage at the Funk Kaserne in Munich, as Jewish displaced persons leave for Bremerhaven to embark for the U.S.  Germany, c. 1949, <em>Al Taylor.</em> A JDC volunteer worker gives a farewell kiss to one of the children leaving Bergen-Belsen camp. She would most likely have been headed for one of three destinations--Israel, the U.S., or Canada. Germany, c. 1948. These sisters waited to board the S.S. <em>Marine Shark,</em> a refurbished army transport boat used to bring survivors to the U.S. after immigration laws were adjusted to let in more displaced persons. Germany, c. 1949, <em>H. Michenfelder.</em>

Loosened Quotas

Changes in U.S. immigration laws, first in 1948, and then in 1952, made it possible for some 80,000 Jewish refugees to settle in America.