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Records of the Jerusalem Office of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

Document | Accession Number: 2019.6.1 | RG Number: RG-68.217M

This collection consists of records relating to relief initiatives overseen by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Jerusalem Office (JDC) in the aftermath of World War II in the Yishuv/Israel and internationally. Includes records of the JDC’s partnerships with Jewish communities worldwide, such as those in Australia and South Africa, to send essential supplies to recipients in Palestine, later Israel, and to detainees in the British internment camps on Cyprus; records of shipments of food packages to European survivors, especially to the Soviet Far East, through Teheran and Istanbul; records of the rescue Operation Magic Carpet, bringing nearly 50,000 Jews from Yemen, Aden, Djibouti, and Asmara, Eritrea to Israel between December 1948 and September 1950; correspondence, memoranda, cables, reports, bulletins, restitution cases, and financial matters; records related to the visits of press, prominent individuals, and some JDC personnel, to Israel and Europe. Visitors include Franklin Roosevelt Jr., Governor and Mrs. Lehman, and Harry Rosenfield, the only Jewish member of President Truman's DP Commission. Includes administrative records of relief efforts in Cyprus, Iran, Israel, the Middle East, and Turkey, in addition to its assistance to Jewish communities in Muslim countries, and also includes newspaper cuttings, publications, press releases, and speech transcripts, drawn from publications worldwide as well as those produced by JDC's New York, Paris, and Jerusalem offices. JDC’s Jerusalem office had nearly 70 staff dedicated to assisting people in searching for their relatives in the aftermath of the Holocaust, and to compiling and publishing survivors’ names.
Note: This is ongoing project. Microfilm reels 31-38 are restricted.

inclusive:  1944-1952
38 microfilm reels (digitized) ; 35 mm.
digital images.
Record last modified: 2020-04-16 17:16:28
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