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Gaynor I. Jacobson papers

Document | Accession Number: 1991.A.0102 | RG Number: RG-34.001

The Gaynor I. Jacobson papers consist of biographical information, correspondence, photographs, printed material, reports, transcripts, and writings documenting Jacobson’s refugee aid work with the American Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) and especially his work assisting eastern European Jews fleeing anti‐Semitism and Communism.
Biographical information includes the employment histories of Jacobson as well as author Tad Szulc and Auschwitz survivor Alex Dekel.
Personal correspondence includes letters from Gaynor to his family describing his relief work and travels in Europe. Additional correspondence documents his work for the JDC, HIAS, and for other aid and refugee organizations and contains personal greetings.
Photographic materials include photographs of Jacobson with colleagues and friends from HIAS, JDC, and other organizations as well as a 1961 United HIAS Service photo album containing photographs of Jacobson and his colleagues.
Printed materials include three magazines (an issue of Rescue: United HIAS Service Information Bulletin, an issue of Aonde Vamos? Semanario Judaico Independente Do Brasil, and an issue of Department of State Newsletter) as well as photocopies of clippings about Gaynor I. Jacobson.
Reports primarily consist of HIAS reports, including four issues of its annual report, a financial and statistical report, and Jacobson’s report for the 85th annual meeting. This series also includes staff meeting minutes that appear to relate to a JDC staff meeting.
Transcripts document two radio interviews with Jacobson in which he describes his imprisonment in Hungary and release in 1949.
Writings document displaced persons following World War II and include photocopies of pages from Yehuda Bauer’s book Out of the Ashes, a translation of Inge Deutschekron’s article "The Anonymous Donor from Caracas" mentioning Jacobson, Jacobson’s own articles on Soviet Jewish immigrants and on the Slánský show trial in Czechoslovakia, an article by Chaim Lazdeiski on Jewish refugees in Brazil, and an outline of Tad Szulc’s proposed book about the roles of HIAS and Jacobson in rescuing Jewish families from Eastern Europe after the war. This series also includes a scrapbook of poetry and pasted images that appears to have been created for Jacobson by his colleagues at an organization devoted to aiding Chinese civilians at the outbreak of the Second Sino‐Japanese War.

inclusive:  1938-1989
2 boxes
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:06:44
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