Saul Sorrin papers
The Saul Sorrin papers measure 0.5 linear foot and date from approximately 1945‐1950. The collection contains correspondence and photographs documenting Sorrin’s work as United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) director and field supervisor of displaced persons camps in the American occupied zone of Germany from 1945 to 1950. Camps covered in the collection include Neu Freimann, Föhrenwald, and Geretsried.
Sorrin's work involved traveling among the camps to discuss with UNRRA staff and camp administrators problems related to food, housing, education, health, and immigration. He also held office hours for camp residents who needed help with problems related to things like illness, immigration, and black market activities. Sorrin frequently visited military courts in Munich to mitigate punishments for offenses committed by Jewish DPs. For a time he also served as a judge on an internal, Jewish DP court in Neu Freimann adjudicating cases between Jews.
Correspondence in the collection relates to camp administration and supplies, immigration, military occupation, aid organizations, military and camp courts, education, and training. Photographs depict the camps and camp life at Neu Freimann and Föhrenwald, Saul Sorrin, General Eisenhower, UNRRA Director Fiorello LaGuardia, and the Chief Rabbi of Palestine, Isaac Herzog.
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