[Turkey] JDC Archives Places Istanbul 1937-1949 Collection On Line

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee [JDC] Archives Istanbul Collection, placed on their website, documents from  JDC’s work from Turkey during and after World War II. This collection,  comprises over 47,000 pages on 14 microfilm reels and chronicles JDC work in Turkey from 1937-1949.  The collection is from the JDC’s Jerusalem office.  The records testify to JDC’s efforts to move the planning of rescue and relief operations to neutral countries such as Turkey.  The digitized records include: lists of survivors,  a list of deportees such an example is from a camp in Austria, correspondence with Jewish communities throughout Turkey, Romania, and Palestine,  documents regarding shipments of food packages to concentration camps such as Theresienstadt and Bergen-Belsen-an example is a post card from Rabbi Leo Baeck in Theresientadt acknowledging a package; cables and news releases; eyewitness accounts and more.   To read the release go to: http://tinyurl.com/mg7okk3
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To browse the collection go to : http://tinyurl.com/ltc5rg2

To view an actual record for example, click on the icon to the left of the title and the record appears.

Thank you to Rand Fishbein, Ph.D. Vice Chair, JewishGen Board of Governors for alerting us to this new resource.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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