Learn about renewal of Jewish life among displaced persons in the JDC Archives exhibit “Everything Possible: JDC and the Children of the DP Camps.”
A jewish education
“Their synagogues, schools, even cemeteries, have been destroyed, and it is up to us to restore their spiritual, economic and cultural life.” Dr. Joseph Schwartz, JDC European Director, June 1945.
JDC provided kosher food for Orthodox displaced persons with special dietary requirements. JDC also provided special foods and other needed supplies to help camp residents celebrate holidays and observe Jewish traditions.
Holidays held special meaning for children. Stories of deliverance-on Chanukah, Purim and Passover – satisfied a need to see the meek overcome the mighty. And they took comfort from the Exodus account, where Jews freed from slavery arrived in Israel after 40 years in the desert. Passage to Palestine carried biblical weight.