League of Nations

Type of Entity
Corporate Body

Dates of Existence



The League of Nations was an international peacekeeping organization set up as part of the Versailles Treaty in 1919, with headquarters in Geneva. Appeals by German Jews regarding human rights in the Reich were not adjudicated. Its High Commission for Refugees was ineffectual, leading James Grover McDonald to resign. Insincerity of the great powers lead to the League’s impotency. The High Commissioner for Refugees revealed, as early as 1939, the fate of Jewry in various countries and the persecution and gross violations of human rights. Although the League existed until 1946, it was replaced by the United Nations.


  • Dictionary of the Holocaust : Biography, geography, and terminology / E.J. Epstein, P. Rosen. – Westport, 1997. – p. 172