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Yemenite Jewish refugees wait on the airstrip to board a plane to Israel during Operation Magic Carpet.

Aden, c.1949. Photograph: Al Taylor.

JDC has come to be known as the 911 of the Jewish people. At times of crisis and devastation, overseas Jewish communities have an address for assistance, be it in circumstances of war, revolution, or persecution. Highlights of JDC’s rescue efforts include work during and in the aftermath of World Wars I and II and funding and carrying out major rescue operations such as Operation Magic Carpet from Yemen and Operation Ezra and Nehemiah from Iraq, assisting Jewish refugees fleeing the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, playing a role in Operation Solomon, and rescue during the Balkan wars of the 1990s.

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
A Tale from Australia

A Tale from Australia

Researching the “Polenaktion” at the JDC Archives

Researching the “Polenaktion” at the JDC Archives

Alina Bothe Lectures on the Polenaktion: Deportation, Refugee Life and Jewish Solidarity

Alina Bothe Lectures on the Polenaktion: Deportation, Refugee Life and Jewish Solidarity

Ming Hui Pan Lectures on the Survival of Jews in China during World War II

Ming Hui Pan Lectures on the Survival of Jews in China during World War II

The St. Louis: 80 Years Later

The St. Louis: 80 Years Later

Rebecca Erbelding Gives First Helen Cohen Memorial Lecture on The US War Refugee Board and JDC

Rebecca Erbelding Gives First Helen Cohen Memorial Lecture on The US War Refugee Board and JDC

Danielle Willard-Kyle Lectures on Jewish Refugees and Humanitarian Aid in Italian Displaced Persons Camps

Danielle Willard-Kyle Lectures on Jewish Refugees and Humanitarian Aid in Italian Displaced Persons Camps

POLIN Museum showcases JDC Archives materials on March 1968

POLIN Museum showcases JDC Archives materials on March 1968

Gertrud Glanz’s Scrapbook from Shanghai

Gertrud Glanz’s Scrapbook from Shanghai

Learning More about the Children of Cyprus

Learning More about the Children of Cyprus

JDC Archives Showcased in Two Scholarly Publications

JDC Archives Showcased in Two Scholarly Publications

JDC Archives Scholars’ Workshop Focuses on Refugees and Statelessness

JDC Archives Scholars’ Workshop Focuses on Refugees and Statelessness

Badges of Honor

Badges of Honor

Michal Frankl Lectures on Jewish Refugees on the Borders of East-Central Europe, 1938

Michal Frankl Lectures on Jewish Refugees on the Borders of East-Central Europe, 1938

Rescue through Emigration in the Nazi Era

Rescue through Emigration in the Nazi Era

Lighting the Way

Lighting the Way

The SS Serpa Pinto Lists: A Resource for Genealogy Research

The SS Serpa Pinto Lists: A Resource for Genealogy Research

New Issue of Dorot Highlights JDC Names Indexing Projects

New Issue of Dorot Highlights JDC Names Indexing Projects

Luca Fenoglio Lectures on Rescue Activities in Italian-Occupied Southeastern France

Luca Fenoglio Lectures on Rescue Activities in Italian-Occupied Southeastern France

Records of JDC’s Role in “Operation Magic Carpet” Airlift Now Digitized

Records of JDC’s Role in “Operation Magic Carpet” Airlift Now Digitized

Traversing a Minefield to Escape Communist Hungary

Traversing a Minefield to Escape Communist Hungary

BBC Publishes Two Major Features on the Survivors of the St. Louis

BBC Publishes Two Major Features on the Survivors of the St. Louis

Insight into Moses Beckelman: Neither Pencil-Pusher Nor Pushover

Insight into Moses Beckelman: Neither Pencil-Pusher Nor Pushover