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JDC in the 1940s

Jewish refugees from Poland line the streets outside the emergency reception center in Nachod.

Czechoslovakia, c. August, 1946.

Jewish refugees from Poland line the streets outside the emergency reception center in Nachod.

Czechoslovakia, c. August, 1946.

As World War II ended, JDC marshaled its forces to meet a crisis of staggering proportions for world Jewry. Its vast relief and rehabilitation programs served hundreds of thousands of Holocaust survivors worldwide, whether in Displaced Persons camps in Europe or forming the first waves of immigration to the new State of Israel. In Israel, JDC formed a unique partnership with the fledgling government to develop social service policies and institutions.

In Depth

After the Holocaust—Rebuilding Jewish Lives and Jewish Life

Exhibit

Everything Possible: JDC and the Children of the DP Camps

Following World War II, JDC provided critical services to European Jews in the displaced persons (DP) camps established by the Allied Armed Forces. JDC placed special attention on the unique needs of the growing population of children in the camps.

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News and Articles
From JDC in Norway to JDC in New York

From JDC in Norway to JDC in New York

Laura Almagor Lectures on Jewish DPs in Austria and Koppel S. Pinson (1904-1961)

Laura Almagor Lectures on Jewish DPs in Austria and Koppel S. Pinson (1904-1961)

Gertrud Glanz’s Scrapbook from Shanghai

Gertrud Glanz’s Scrapbook from Shanghai

JDC Jerusalem Collection from Post-World War II Digitized

JDC Jerusalem Collection from Post-World War II Digitized

Recent Additions to the JDC Names Index

Recent Additions to the JDC Names Index

From Europe to the Farm

From Europe to the Farm

Learning More about the Children of Cyprus

Learning More about the Children of Cyprus

Joseph Benatov Lectures on the Fate of Bulgarian Jews during the Holocaust

Joseph Benatov Lectures on the Fate of Bulgarian Jews during the Holocaust

JDC Archives Showcased in Two Scholarly Publications

JDC Archives Showcased in Two Scholarly Publications

Naida Michal Brandl Lectures on Jewish Life in Croatia, 1945-1952

Naida Michal Brandl Lectures on Jewish Life in Croatia, 1945-1952

Badges of Honor

Badges of Honor

Genealogical Resources on Immigrants to Eretz Yisrael

Genealogical Resources on Immigrants to Eretz Yisrael

An Enduring Personal JDC Connection in Poland

An Enduring Personal JDC Connection in Poland

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

The SS Serpa Pinto Lists: A Resource for Genealogy Research

The SS Serpa Pinto Lists: A Resource for Genealogy Research

Luca Fenoglio Lectures on Rescue Activities in Italian-Occupied Southeastern France

Luca Fenoglio Lectures on Rescue Activities in Italian-Occupied Southeastern France

TIME Magazine features JDC Archives Warsaw Collection

TIME Magazine features JDC Archives Warsaw Collection

JDC Archives Awarded Preservation Funds for One of Its Rare Film Treasures

JDC Archives Awarded Preservation Funds for One of Its Rare Film Treasures

Finding Her “Joint Family” in the Archives

Finding Her “Joint Family” in the Archives

Young Scholar Researches Postwar Aid to Belgium

Young Scholar Researches Postwar Aid to Belgium

Uta Larkey Lectures on Post-Holocaust Interviews and Testimonies

Uta Larkey Lectures on Post-Holocaust Interviews and Testimonies

Anna Manchin Lectures on Jews, Communism, and Ethnicity in 1946 Hungary

Anna Manchin Lectures on Jews, Communism, and Ethnicity in 1946 Hungary

Second Generation Holocaust Survivor Discovers Father’s DP Camp Soccer League Was Sponsored by JDC

Second Generation Holocaust Survivor Discovers Father’s DP Camp Soccer League Was Sponsored by JDC

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

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

The Gertner Family Visits the Archives

The Gertner Family Visits the Archives

JDC and the War Refugee Board

JDC and the War Refugee Board

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

Biographer Praises Role of JDC’s Dr. Joseph Schwartz in Wartime Europe

Biographer Praises Role of JDC’s Dr. Joseph Schwartz in Wartime Europe

All JDC Records from Post-World War II Period Digitized

All JDC Records from Post-World War II Period Digitized

Memories from Aden

Memories from Aden

Gerald Steinacher Lectures on the Red Cross, Jewish Relief Agencies, and the Holocaust

Gerald Steinacher Lectures on the Red Cross, Jewish Relief Agencies, and the Holocaust

New Book Published on the American Jewish Presence in Post-World War II France

New Book Published on the American Jewish Presence in Post-World War II France

A Symbol for the Continuity of Jewish Life

A Symbol for the Continuity of Jewish Life

Uncovering Jewish History in Bolivia

Uncovering Jewish History in Bolivia

JDC Stockholm Collection 1941-1967 Now Online

JDC Stockholm Collection 1941-1967 Now Online

Esther Haskin and the Joint

Esther Haskin and the Joint

Through the Curators Lens: Leslie Fried Identifies JDC Materials for Opening Exhibit at the Alaska Jewish Museum

Through the Curators Lens: Leslie Fried Identifies JDC Materials for Opening Exhibit at the Alaska Jewish Museum

A Rosh Hashanah Story

A Rosh Hashanah Story

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

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

JDC Records from Post-WWII Period Now Accessible Online

JDC Records from Post-WWII Period Now Accessible Online

A White Plains Bar Mitzvah Boy Reads From a 200-Year-Old Belgrade Torah

A White Plains Bar Mitzvah Boy Reads From a 200-Year-Old Belgrade Torah

JDC World War II-Era Records Now Available Online

JDC World War II-Era Records Now Available Online

JDC Cyprus Collection Available Online

JDC Cyprus Collection Available Online

Historic Sound Recording from 1949 Operation Magic Carpet

Historic Sound Recording from 1949 Operation Magic Carpet

As Jews Today Celebrate the Siyum HaShas, Remembering the Publication of the “JDC Talmud”

As Jews Today Celebrate the Siyum HaShas, Remembering the Publication of the “JDC Talmud”

Award-Winning Author Features JDC Archives

Award-Winning Author Features JDC Archives

JDC Heroine Featured in Magazine Cover Story

JDC Heroine Featured in Magazine Cover Story

Postcard from Theresienstadt

Postcard from Theresienstadt

Refuge in Jamaica

Refuge in Jamaica

Lodz Ghetto Currency

Lodz Ghetto Currency