The World Jewish Congress Geneva Office records

Language of Description
Alt. Identifiers
  • 2004.507
  • RG-68.045M
1 Jan 1936 - 31 Dec 2002, 1 Jan 1939 - 31 Dec 1955
Level of Description
  • Hebrew
  • Swedish
  • English
  • Other languages
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Extent and Medium

249 microfilm reels, 35 mm

10 diskette,


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

World Zionist Organization. Central Zionist Archives


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.

The archives of the Geneva Office of the World Jewish Congress were transferred to the Central Zionist Archives (CZA) from the World Jewish Congress Office in Geneva in 1993. The record group notation at the CZA is C3. The material covering the period 1933-1956 was filmed by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum International Archives Project and transferred to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives in March 2004.

Scope and Content

Contains correspondence of the Geneva Office of the World Jewish Congress with organizations from Switzerland and from other countries and with the International Red Cross and the United Nations; papers and speeches of the head of the Geneva Office, Gerhart Riegner; wartime reports of the Relief Committee for the War-Stricken Jewish Population (RELICO); chronological files related to accounts, restitution and rehabilitation; minutes of the Geneva WJC meetings; and various periodicals and printed materials.

System of Arrangement

File C3/1 - C3/2191 Arrangement is thematic, and follows the arrangement in which the collection is maintained at the Central Zionist Archive.

Conditions Governing Reproduction

Copyright Holder: World Zionist Organization. Central Zionist Archives


Corporate Bodies



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