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JDC response to Nazi advance in Europe

Film | Accession Number: 2000.621.1 | RG Number: RG-60.2225 | Film ID: 2305

Fundraiser showing international refugee assistance programs of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).

Rights of Jews in the United States contrasted to the plight of Jews in Europe during the 20th century. "Jude" painted on store window. Focus on Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Poland. Images of pre-Nazi times with Jews celebrating, dancing, etc. develop into images of confinement to ghettos, refugees, and post WWII restoration. Focus on Lithuania, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, and France. Shots of Nazi occupation and refugees. Focus on Balkans includes statistics of Jewish populations "in the path of aggression". Wehrmacht marching. Narrator states "If you were a Jew in Europe today, what would be your dream, your wish?" "ESCAPE!" "LIVE!" More shots of refugees moving, walking with belongings. History of JDC efforts, including millions of dollars raised and spent, committees formed, and connection to United Jewish Appeal. VAR shots of JDC offices in US, publications, and headlines. JDC aid to Jewish children in Europe with schooling. JDC assistance to hospitals and orphanages - "help to survive". Focus on Poland and Lithuania. Children eating, more of JDC rehabilitation efforts. Shots of "Jude" on windows and other NS propaganda. Focus on Western Europe. JDC assistance to Jewish welfare organizations, providing havens for the homeless and refugees. Focus on Portugal, includes financial statistics of aid provided. Focus on Palestine re: cooperation and emigration. Focus on Shanghai, Kobe, South America, and Latin America. Destruction and wounded in Nazi Germany. Compares non-sectarian efforts of the Red Cross to the JDC commitment to rehabilitation and emigration. Low administrative expenses. Security, FDR, democracy in United States. Appeal to "Give Aid" to refugees.

Production:  1941
United States
South America
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)
Record last modified: 2020-08-04 09:20:38
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