Jeff Edelstein Lectures on the JDC Archives Names Index as a Window to JDC’s History

Jeff Edelstein, digital initiatives manager at the JDC Archives, gave a lecture on the Names Index, which has consistently been the most popular and heavily used feature of JDC Archives website since its launch a decade ago.

In this lecture, Edelstein discussed the content of the documents that have been included in the database as a reflection of the focus of JDC’s activity over the course of its history, from the creation of the Transmission Bureau to enable Jews in North America to send money to relatives in Palestine and Europe during World War I through the emergency measures of the Nazi era and postwar care for survivors and emigration assistance and, later, the Aliyah to Israel of Jews throughout the Middle East.

This lecture is of special interest to those researching their family history.

Watch the video here: