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Organization of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

Film | Accession Number: 2000.621.1 | RG Number: RG-60.2520 | Film ID: 2291

Includes title of the film and intertitles. From opening credits of the film (Foreword): "American Jews at the outbreak of the World War in 1914, organized the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) to aid the Jewish masses overseas suffering from war, pogroms, famine and pestilence. The following episodes depict the activities in Russia only."

Brief shots of Felix Warburg and Julius Rosenwald, to whose memory the film is dedicated. Stills of other JDC officials and footage of the members of the JDC relief unit sailing for Russia. Dr. Rosen, organizer of Agro-Joint. Scenes of the terribly poor conditions the mission found in Russia. Ragged, dirty people (especially children), muddy streets and ramshackle houses. Shelters used by war refugees. Shots of the JDC headquarters in Moscow. Children eating food provided by the Joint. Orphans who have been housed an clothed by the JDC. Children at work in trade schools: sewing, carpentry, shoemaking. Home for the aged and poor.

Agro-Joint officers Rosen, Grower, Lubarsky and Troper in Moscow. Views of land in southern Russia where Jews were settled through a program of the Agro-Joint and the Soviet government. Colonists in temporary homes. Settlers make bricks and dig a well. First farming activities, aided by agricultural instruction. Women and men plant seeds, till soil, harvest and thresh grain. Lumber provided by the government for the colonists; homebuilding.

Event Date
Soviet Union
Moscow, Soviet Union
Accessed at US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)
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