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A young refugee boy in a soup kitchen holds a bowl to receive food at a JDC-supported facility.

Switzerland, June 1943.

Following World War I, JDC assisted Galician Jewish war refugees in Vienna. With the rise of Nazism, JDC helped the German Jewish Community adjust to new laws and developed vocational training, schools, and emigration assistance. Throughout Europe, JDC sought to save lives, provide relief, and arrange rescue options wherever possible. JDC operated in the DP camps, augmenting services for survivors and arranging emigration. JDC helped rebuild Jewish communal life in the postwar decades, assisted French Jewry absorb immigrants from North Africa, and aided Jews from behind the Iron Curtain as they passed through Vienna and Rome en route to the U.S. JDC continues to support community development in the region.

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
The Joint and the Casa Dello Studente

The Joint and the Casa Dello Studente

Emily Bengels Lectures on Interagency Efforts for Child Rescue and Immigration to the US: 1939-1942

Emily Bengels Lectures on Interagency Efforts for Child Rescue and Immigration to the US: 1939-1942

New Book—Hitler’s Jewish Refugees: Hope and Anxiety in Portugal

New Book—Hitler’s Jewish Refugees: Hope and Anxiety in Portugal

It Started and Ended with a Newspaper Article

It Started and Ended with a Newspaper Article

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

New Book: The Swedish Jews and the Holocaust

New Book: The Swedish Jews and the Holocaust

“Someone in the World Still Cared about Their Fate”

“Someone in the World Still Cared about Their Fate”

Finding a Long-Lost Relative after 77 Years

Finding a Long-Lost Relative after 77 Years

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

From JDC in Norway to JDC in New York

From JDC in Norway to JDC in New York

A Historian Reflects on His Research about Soviet Jewish Transmigrants

A Historian Reflects on His Research about Soviet Jewish Transmigrants

Badges of Honor

Badges of Honor

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

Genealogical Resource for Soviet Jewish Families Assisted by JDC in Vienna and Rome

Genealogical Resource for Soviet Jewish Families Assisted by JDC in Vienna and Rome

Young Scholar Researches Postwar Aid to Belgium

Young Scholar Researches Postwar Aid to Belgium

The Gertner Family Visits the Archives

The Gertner Family Visits the Archives

New Book Published on the American Jewish Presence in Post-World War II France

New Book Published on the American Jewish Presence in Post-World War II France

JDC Stockholm Collection 1941-1967 Now Online

JDC Stockholm Collection 1941-1967 Now Online

Esther Haskin and the Joint

Esther Haskin and the Joint

Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, and JDC’s Response

Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, and JDC’s Response

Congressional Gold Medal to Raoul Wallenberg

Congressional Gold Medal to Raoul Wallenberg