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The World Jewish Congress Geneva Office records

Document | Digitized | Accession Number: 2004.507 | RG Number: RG-68.045M

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    Contains correspondence of the Geneva Office of the World Jewish Congress with organizations from Switzerland and from other countries and with the International Red Cross and the United Nations; papers and speeches of the head of the Geneva Office, Gerhart Riegner; wartime reports of the Relief Committee for the War-Stricken Jewish Population (RELICO); chronological files related to accounts, restitution and rehabilitation; minutes of the Geneva WJC meetings; and various periodicals and printed materials.
    inclusive:  1936-2002
    bulk:  1939-1955
    Credit Line
    Forms part of the Claims Conference International Holocaust Documentation Archive at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This archive consists of documentation whose reproduction and/or acquisition was made possible with funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Collection Creator
    World Jewish Congress
    The World Jewish Congress (WJC) is an international organization founded by resolution of the First World jewish Congress, which took place in August 1936 in Geneva. The organization goal is to defend the political, social, and economic rights of Jews throughout the world. Its governing bodies were elected at the First World Jewish Congress: the executive committee headed by Stephen Wise (also the organization’s chairman), an administrative committee, headed by Nahum Goldman, and a central council headed by Louis Lipsky. At the first session of the executive committee, Sept. 6, 1936, it was decided to establish regional offices of the WJC in Geneva, New York, and London, and a central bureau in Paris. The central bureau coordinated the WJC’s work, collected information on the situation of Jews in various countries, published materials, and also lobbied at the League of Nations. In 1940, with the Second World War under way, the central bureau was transferred to New York, and a European office was established in London.

    Physical Details

    249 microfilm reels ; 35 mm.
    10 diskette.
    System of Arrangement
    File C3/1 - C3/2191
    Arrangement is thematic, and follows the arrangement in which the collection is maintained at the Central Zionist Archive.

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    Conditions on Access
    This material can only be accessed in a Museum reading room or other on-campus viewing stations. No other access restrictions apply to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Publication of documents and duplication of microfilm reels/copies of digital images for third parties require the written permission of the Central Zionist Archives, which may require payment of a license fee for commercial use.

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    Administrative Notes

    The archives of the Geneva Office of the World Jewish Congress were transferred to the Central Zionist Archives (CZA) from the World Jewish Congress Office in Geneva in 1993. The record group notation at the CZA is C3. The material covering the period 1933-1956 was filmed by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum International Archives Project and transferred to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives in March 2004.
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