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Central and Eastern Europe

Orthodox youths pose by their looms in a weaving school connected to a yeshiva.

Sighet, Romania, 1920s.

Since World War I, JDC has worked in Eastern Europe. Wartime emergency food and medical care evolved into the reestablishment and initiation of Jewish communal institutions including orphanages and child care agencies, health care services, Jewish schools, and vocational training programs during the postwar and interwar years. With the outbreak of World War II, JDC work continued until the U.S. entry into the war, after which, unable to continue its in-country presence, JDC sought other avenues to reach the needy. During the Communist era, JDC provided relief services to the extent possible but was expelled from various countries at different times and later invited to resume operations. Since the end of the Communist era, JDC has worked to assist Holocaust survivors and to develop Jewish renewal programs.

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
JDC Archives Director to Present at International Genealogy Conference

JDC Archives Director to Present at International Genealogy Conference

From Europe to the Farm

From Europe to the Farm

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

The JDC Archives Featured on “Finding Your Roots”

The JDC Archives Featured on “Finding Your Roots”

JDC Archives Establishes Collaborative Partnership with JRI-Poland

JDC Archives Establishes Collaborative Partnership with JRI-Poland

Polish Yiddish Theater Posters

Polish Yiddish Theater Posters

Badges of Honor

Badges of Honor

An Enduring Personal JDC Connection in Poland

An Enduring Personal JDC Connection in Poland

Genealogical Resources in the Records of JDC’s Warsaw Office, 1939-1941

Genealogical Resources in the Records of JDC’s Warsaw Office, 1939-1941

New Book on Jewish Refugees and JDC in Warsaw during the Holocaust

New Book on Jewish Refugees and JDC in Warsaw during the Holocaust

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

TIME Magazine features JDC Archives Warsaw Collection

TIME Magazine features JDC Archives Warsaw Collection

From a JDC Volunteer in Romania to a Historian of JDC Work in Poland

From a JDC Volunteer in Romania to a Historian of JDC Work in Poland

A Grandfather’s JDC Legacy

A Grandfather’s JDC Legacy

JDC Partners with Israel Genealogy Research Association

JDC Partners with Israel Genealogy Research Association

Exhibit 100 Years of “the Joint” in Poland Opens in California

Exhibit 100 Years of “the Joint” in Poland Opens in California

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

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

Rare JDC Archives Treasures Digitized

Rare JDC Archives Treasures Digitized

Miranda Carson Shares Her JDC Story

Miranda Carson Shares Her JDC Story

Citibank, a Mysterious Bank Account, and a Hunt in the Archives

Citibank, a Mysterious Bank Account, and a Hunt in the Archives

Harry Kamel: A Story of Gratitude

Harry Kamel: A Story of Gratitude

Galicia Jewish Museum in Poland Showcases JDC Archival Photos in Upcoming Exhibit

Galicia Jewish Museum in Poland Showcases JDC Archival Photos in Upcoming Exhibit

Israeli Researcher Explores Post-World War II Jewish Community in Poland, as Assisted by JDC

Israeli Researcher Explores Post-World War II Jewish Community in Poland, as Assisted by JDC

New Jewish Museums in Russia and Poland Showcase JDC Archival Photos

New Jewish Museums in Russia and Poland Showcase JDC Archival Photos

Joan Finkelstein Shares Her JDC Story

Joan Finkelstein Shares Her JDC Story

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

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

Yom HaShoah and the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

Yom HaShoah and the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

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

Hungarian Refugee Cards, 1956-1957, Now Available in JDC Names Index

Hungarian Refugee Cards, 1956-1957, Now Available in JDC Names Index

Congressional Gold Medal to Raoul Wallenberg

Congressional Gold Medal to Raoul Wallenberg

Refuge in Jamaica

Refuge in Jamaica