JDC's Cyprus Collection Available On Line

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Cyprus Collection (1945-1949) is available online for the first time.  The collection includes 16,667 pages of textual files including personal letters, group petitions and newspapers published by the deportees.  From 1946 until the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, the British confined some 53,000 Holocaust survivors on the island of Cyprus. From August 1946 to February 1949, the deportees lived behind barbed wire in 12 camps on Cyprus. During this period, 53,000 Jews passed through the camps, 2,200 children were born in the camps, and 150 Jews died there--nearly all of the deportees were survivors of the Nazi death camps.  The collection also has 180 photographs taken at the detention camps. See: http://tinyurl.com/cpp2mjc
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[http://archives.jdc.org/sharedlegacy/photo-galleries/gallery-cyprus-detention-camps.html ]

To read more about the collection go to: http://tinyurl.com/bvnlq23
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To view highlights the files click on:  http://tinyurl.com/d27cvos
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To see more of the collection go to search the collection and type in "Cyprus" in the query box

There are video tutorials available to help you search on the website.

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

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