Morale-Boosting Tours: Launch of JDC’s Newest Virtual Exhibit on the Performing Arts
Learn about JDC’s Morale-Boosting Tours during the Postwar Period
We are excited to announce our new virtual exhibit, entitled “Morale-Boosting Tours: Changing Lives through the Arts.” This exhibit explores JDC cultural activities in the displaced persons (DP) camps of postwar Europe, by profiling the international performing artists who toured the DP camps as part of JDC’s morale-boosting tours.
“Over bumpy roads in JDC jeeps or ambulances, the volunteer entertainers cover camps, assembly centers, children’s homes and hospitals, perform six and seven times daily for six to ten weeks. During rainy weather, they put on their shows in the camp mess halls or assembly halls, repeat them twice or three times nightly so that everyone can enjoy their performances. When the weather is clear, they present their concerts and recitals in outdoor amphitheaters under the stars, where thousands of DP’s gather.”—December 1949, JDC Digest
Highlighted artists include:
- Conductor Leonard Bernstein
- Yiddish actor Herman Yablokoff
- Dancer Hassia Levy-Agron
- Dancer Paula Padani
- Dance team of Katya Delakova & Fred Berk
Go backstage with the artists to understand why their presence was so valued and imagine attending the performances by viewing photographs and film of the productions. Featuring never-before-seen footage of DP camp performances as well as photos, text documents, and first-person accounts, the exhibit illustrates the enormous impact of these shows. Experience the power of the arts firsthand and tour the DP circuit with the performing artists!