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HICEM-Odbor za pomoc židovskim izbeglicam, Zagreb (Fond 1430)

Document | Accession Number: 2017.393.1 | RG Number: RG-11.001M.52

Records related to the activities of the Zagreb Office of the HICEM Committee in Yugoslavia. The Zagreb office of HICEM gained importance after the Anschluss in 1938, when Austrian and German Jews tried to flee Europe, joined in smaller numbers by Czech, Polish, and Hungarian Jews. HICEM Zagreb registered and sheltered the refugees during their temporary stay in Yugoslavia, and took care of their everyday needs. HICEM also advised them about visas, transportation routes, tickets, and prepared them for emigration, in the process providing many with financial aid. The collection contains extensive correspondence with the HICEM offices and Jewish organizations worldwide, letters from refugees, questionnaires and personal files of refugees who registered with HICEM Committee Zagreb, in alphabetical order. Dates and places next to the names indicate when and where the registration of refugees took place. The name files usually include personal data in petitions and questionnaires that the refugees had to fill out. They also include the refugee’s applications for help with lodging, assistance with food and medical care, training, finding their relatives, visa applications, financial assistance for their journeys, etc. HICEM tried to conduct a background check on the refugees in order to establish the merit of helping and exclude criminals. Therefore the folders often contain financial information of the refugees, character references or letters of recommendations, assessment of their health and capability of work. HICEM also searched for the refugees’ family members overseas to obtain affidavits of support and help with financing and placement.

The entire collection was copied in 2017.

Alternate Title
Committee for Jewish Refugee Assistance "HICEM," Zagreb
Hilfskomitee für jüdischen Flüchtlinge
inclusive:  1933-1941
19 microfilm reels (digitized) ; 16 mm.
digital images.
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.
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 19:54:56
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