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Archives of the Jewish Agency Office, Munich, Frankfurt (File L47)

Document | Digitized | Accession Number: 2019.250.1 | RG Number: RG-68.218

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    Contains correspondence relating to the Jewish communities in postwar Germany as well as activities related to heirless property and restitution, including correspondence with the International Trust Corporation, Haavara, the United Restitution Office, various offices of the World Zionist Organization and the Jewish Agency and Youth Aliyah, minutes of meetings, statistics and reports.
    Note: Online description of each folder at:
    inclusive:  1945-1970
    Collection Creator
    Jewish Agency for Israel
    The Jewish Agency for Israel, previously called The Jewish Agency for Palestine, is the largest Jewish nonprofit organization in the world. Its mission is to "inspire Jews throughout the world to connect with their people, heritage, and land, and empower them to build a thriving Jewish future and a strong Israel."
    It is best known as the primary organization responsible for the immigration ("Aliyah") and absorption of Jews and their families from the Diaspora into Israel. Since 1948, the Jewish Agency for Israel has been responsible for bringing 3 million immigrants to Israel,and offers them transitional housing in "absorption centers" throughout the country. The Jewish Agency played a central role in the founding and the building of the State of Israel. David Ben Gurion was the Chairman of its Executive Committee from 1935, and it was in this capacity that on May 14, 1948 he proclaimed independence for the State of Israel. He became Israel's first Prime Minister. In the years before and after the creation of the State, the Jewish Agency oversaw the establishment of about 1,000 towns and villages in Mandate Palestine. It serves as the main link between Israel and Jewish communities around the world. [Source: Wikipedia]

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    Hebrew German English
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    System of Arrangement
    Arranged by three main groups: 1.Correspondence; 2. Minutes; 3. Reports. Note: Quarterly statistical reports on internal restitution (innere Rueckerstattung), prepared by the German Ministry of Finance; amount of claims filed, treated or still in process, sums of money paid (L47/650); Summaries of bi-weekly meetings of the Emissaries Committee (Va'adat Hashlichut) of the Jewish Agency and the World Zionist Organisation (L47/309).

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    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.
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    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

    Source of acquisition is the Central Zionist Archives, Records L47. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the filmed collection via the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s International Archives Project in two transfers in July 2019.
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