Records of the World Jewish Congress in Romania

Language of Description
Alt. Identifiers
  • 2009.10
  • RG-25.051
1 Jan 1945 - 31 Dec 1945
Level of Description
  • Romanian
EHRI Partner

Extent and Medium

67,817 digital images, JPEG

2 DVDs,


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

Federația Comunităților Evreiești din România. Centrul pentru Studiul Istoriei Evreilor din România


Forms part of the Claims Conference International Holocaust Documentation Archive at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This archive consists of documentation whose reproduction and/or acquisition was made possible with funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

Source of acquisition is the Federația Comunităților Evreiești din România. Centrul pentru Studiul Istoriei Evreilor din România in Bucharest. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the collection via the United States Holocaust Museum International Archives Project in March 2009.

Scope and Content

Contains sixteen-page family questionnaires distributed by the World Jewish Congress in Arad, Birlad, Botoşani, Brăila, Bucharest, Burdujeni, Carei, Cluj, Constanţa, Galaţi, Iasį, Oradea, Rădăuţi, Roman, Timişoara, and Vaslui. Forms include name, address, date and place of birth, occupation/profession, education, and details of persecution under the Antonescu regime (as well as deportations from Transylvania to German-occupied Poland).

System of Arrangement

Records arranged by geographical area.


Corporate Bodies



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