The World Jewish Congress New York Office records. Series E. Culture Department

Language of Description
Alt. Identifiers
  • 2007.453
  • RG-67.015M
1 Jan 1934 - 31 Dec 1974
Level of Description
  • English
  • Yiddish.
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Extent and Medium

14,846 digital images, JPEG

13 microfilm reels, 35 mm


Biographical History

The World Jewish Congress (WJC) is an international organization founded by resolution of the First World jewish Congress, which took place in August 1936 in Geneva. The organization goal is to defend the political, social, and economic rights of Jews throughout the world. Its governing bodies were elected at the First World Jewish Congress: the executive committee headed by Stephen Wise (also the organization’s chairman), an administrative committee, headed by Nahum Goldman, and a central council headed by Louis Lipsky. At the first session of the executive committee, Sept. 6, 1936, it was decided to establish regional offices of the WJC in Geneva, New York, and London, and a central bureau in Paris. The central bureau coordinated the WJC’s work, collected information on the situation of Jews in various countries, published materials, and also lobbied at the League of Nations. In 1940, with the Second World War under way, the central bureau was transferred to New York, and a European office was established in London.

Archival History

American Jewish Archives


The World Jewish Congress, New York office records were donated to the American Jewish Archives by the World Jewish Congress in 1982. All materials donated prior to 2002 have been arranged and described in the American Jewish Archives inventory. World Jewish Congress, Series E (Culture Department) records were microfilmed and sent to the United States Holocaust Museum in 2007. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum International Archives Project transferred the collection to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives in Oct. 2007.

Scope and Content

The Series E (Culture Department) consists of correspondence of the department directors, Simon Federbush and Wolf Blattberg, together with reports, publications, and other material pertaining to the activities of the New York branch of the Culture Department. Material in the series includes correspondence of the first director, Simon Federbush (1945–circa 1950) and the second director, Wolf Blattberg (1950–1958), who joined the department in 1945. After Blattberg's death in 1958, Greta Beigel assumed his responsibilities for cultural work. Included in Blattberg's files is correspondence with the London headquarters of the Culture Department and its director, Aaron Steinberg (1946–1968). In addition to correspondence, the series contains reports, publications, and other materials pertaining to the activities of the Culture Department in New York, such as the school adoption plan, cultural delegation to Europe and South America, essay contests, relations with UNESCO, book drives, and periodicals. Other materials in the series refer to conferences on Jewish, Yiddish, or Hebrew culture.

System of Arrangement

Organized in the following sub-series 1. Executive Files, 1944-1959, consists of 8 boxes of files of Simon Federbush and Wolf Blattberg's correspondence and reports. Sub-series 2. Miscellaneous, 1943-1966, 1971 consists of two boxes of various correspondence, United Nations committee reports, and awards. Sub-series 3. Publications, 1945-1965, 1973-1974 consists of one box of publications regarding Jewish life and culture. Many of these publications are in Yiddish.


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