Records of the Executive Committee of the World Jewish Congress, Paris Exekutivkomitee des Jüdischen Weltkongresses, Paris (Fond 1190)

Language of Description
Alt. Identifiers
  • 2017.426.1
  • RG-11.001M.36
1 Jan 1933 - 31 Dec 1941
Level of Description
  • French
  • Hebrew
  • English
  • Dutch
  • Romanian
  • Serbian
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Extent and Medium

33 microfilm reels (digitized), 16 mm

digital images,


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

Rossiĭskiĭ gosudarstvennyĭ voennyĭ arkhiv


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 Russian State Military Archive (Rossiĭskiĭ gosudarstvennyĭ voennyĭ arkhiv), Osobyi Archive, Fond 1190. The records were likely gathered in Paris by occupying German forces in 1940 and taken to Germany, and Soviet authorities later took them to Moscow after 1945. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the filmed collection via the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum International Archival Programs Division in 1993 and October 2017. Note: This collection complements the incomplete collection received by the Museum Archives earlier (1993).

Scope and Content

Records related to the organization of the First World Jewish Congress (WJC). Includes minutes of the sessions of the WJC central bureau and executive and administrative committees, accounts and correspondence related to the political and organizational activities of the Committee, letters, petitions, memoranda, and press releases related to the persecution of Jews in various countries, correspondence with Jewish organizations, international organization (League of Nations), government and public officials, lists of local WJC committee members and leaders of Jewish organizations in various countries, as well as lists of Jews from France and the Netherlands who added in the establishment of the WJC information center. Also contains numerous informational bulletins published by WJC, newspaper clippings, journals and pamphlets. All available records were copied as of 2017.

System of Arrangement

Fond 1190 (1896-1940). Delo 1-948. Arranged in two series: 1. Correspondence, reports, minutes and other records relating to preparation for the First World Jewish Congress, and political and organizational activities of the Executive Committee of the WJC, Paris; 2. Lists of WJC Committee members and leaders of Jewish organizations in various countries, and printed materials (bulletins, newspapers journal and pamphlets) deposited in the collection. Note: 33 new microfilm reels received in 2017 complement files copied in 1993.

Conditions Governing Reproduction

Copyright Holder: Rossiĭskiĭ gosudarstvennyĭ voennyĭ arkhiv


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