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JDC in the 1930s

Telegram from Rabbi Irving Reichert sent from Prague to Rabbi Jonah B. Wise in New York.

June 1933.

Roll call for newly arrived prisoners, mostly Jews arrested during the “Night of Broken Glass” pogrom, at the Buchenwald concentration camp.

Buchenwald, Germany, 1938.

Under the threat of imminent war, JDC’s multi-faceted support to the German Jewish community became even more critical as restrictions passed by the Nazi government rendered German Jews unable to continue their education or earn a livelihood. In response to this catastrophic situation, JDC drew upon its resources to rescue and aid refugees in their flight from Nazi Europe to locations across the globe. JDC was forced to end its Agro-Joint work in the Soviet Union.

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Rescue Efforts in the Nazi Era

Exhibit

Everything Possible: JDC and the Children of the DP Camps

Featuring historic photographs from the JDC Archives, focuses on JDC’s significant efforts on behalf of children in the displaced persons camps established by the Allied Armed Forces after World War II. JDC was permitted to enter the camps to supplement minimal provisions with critical nutritional, medical, educational, and religious services for survivors.

News and Articles
Omri Tubi Lectures on the Transnational Roots of the Jewish State and Malaria Eradication

Omri Tubi Lectures on the Transnational Roots of the Jewish State and Malaria Eradication

Natan Meir Lectures on Town Fools, Beggars, and other Outcasts in Eastern Europe

Natan Meir Lectures on Town Fools, Beggars, and other Outcasts in Eastern Europe

Michal Frankl Lectures on Jewish Refugees on the Borders of East-Central Europe, 1938

Michal Frankl Lectures on Jewish Refugees on the Borders of East-Central Europe, 1938

Rescue through Emigration in the Nazi Era

Rescue through Emigration in the Nazi Era

Glenn Dynner Lectures on JDC Aid to Traditionalist Jews in Interwar and Nazi-Occupied Poland

Glenn Dynner Lectures on JDC Aid to Traditionalist Jews in Interwar and Nazi-Occupied Poland

Documenting JDC’s Work in the Soviet Union

Documenting JDC’s Work in the Soviet Union

Andrew Falk Lectures on American Jewish Foreign Policy in the Era of World Wars

Andrew Falk Lectures on American Jewish Foreign Policy in the Era of World Wars

“Conditions Terrifying Utterly Hopeless”: A 1933 Telegram

“Conditions Terrifying Utterly Hopeless”: A 1933 Telegram

BBC Publishes Two Major Features on the Survivors of the St. Louis

BBC Publishes Two Major Features on the Survivors of the St. Louis

Uncovering Jewish History in Bolivia

Uncovering Jewish History in Bolivia

Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, and JDC’s Response

Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, and JDC’s Response

Emely Katz Shares Her JDC Story

Emely Katz Shares Her JDC Story

Records from JDC Istanbul Office Collection 1937-1949 Now Available Online

Records from JDC Istanbul Office Collection 1937-1949 Now Available Online

ICP’s New Roman Vishniac Exhibit Features Treasures from the JDC Archives

ICP’s New Roman Vishniac Exhibit Features Treasures from the JDC Archives

Polish Jewish Expellees from Germany (1938-1939) Receiving JDC Aid

Polish Jewish Expellees from Germany (1938-1939) Receiving JDC Aid

New Release Pays Tribute to Forgotten Heroes of Soviet Jewish Collective

New Release Pays Tribute to Forgotten Heroes of Soviet Jewish Collective

JDC World War II-Era Records Now Available Online

JDC World War II-Era Records Now Available Online

JDC Archives Documents in Forthcoming Book on Minsk

JDC Archives Documents in Forthcoming Book on Minsk

Early Soviet Jewish Life Captured on Film

Early Soviet Jewish Life Captured on Film

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