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Latin America

The Strauss family, refugees from Shanghai who recently arrived in the Dominican Republic.

Sousa, Dominican Republic, 1940s.

JDC sought emigration opportunities in Latin America for Jews escaping Nazi Germany, establishing the Dominican Republic Settlement Association (DORSA), which assisted 700 Jewish refugees; a refugee program in Cuba for 12,000 refugees; and programs in partnership with local Refugee Assistance Committees in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, and Uruguay to assist Jewish refugees. By the 1980s, JDC was providing technical assistance, consultation, and leadership training to local Jewish organizations, primarily in Argentina, Brazil, and Chile. During the financial crisis of 2000 in Argentina and later Uruguay, JDC helped develop a large network of relief programs.


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.