The World Jewish Congress New York Office records. Series C (Institute of Jewish Affairs)

Language of Description
Alt. Identifiers
  • 2004.552
  • RG-67.005M
1 Jan 1918 - 31 Dec 1982, 1 Jan 1940 - 31 Dec 1970
Level of Description
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Yiddish
  • German
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Extent and Medium

383,813 digital images, PNG

333 microfilm reels, 35 mm

41 CD-ROMs,


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 collection was 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. Series C (Institute of Jewish Affairs) of the collection was microfilmed and sent to the United States Holocaust Museum in Nov. 2004. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum International Archives Project transferred the collection to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives on Nov.12, 2004.

Scope and Content

The World Jewish Congress collection consists of the records of the New York Office of the organization. The Institute of Jewish Affairs, Series C, contains records of investigation of antisemitic legislation and activities, persecution of war criminals and war crimes, restitution for victims of the Holocaust, subjects relating to Jewish life and related problems such as minorities, migration, and human rights. The Institute produced reports for submission to the United Nations and other bodies.

System of Arrangement

Organized into the following four sub-series 1. Executive Files and Correspondence: files of the first three directors of the Institute: J. Robinson, N. Robinson, and O. Karbach. 2. Research Materials, Reports and Publications. The focus is mainly on Germany, World War II, the Holocaust, and post war issues such as DPs, restitution, and refugees 3. War Crimes and Retribution. Includes files on searches for Holocaust witnesses, war crimes trail correspondence, crimes in individual Polish communities, and the Nuremberg proceedings. 4. Indemnification. Relates to restitution legislation, claims, property claims. Organized by country. Also restitution organizations including the Claims Conference. Arrangement is thematic.

Conditions Governing Reproduction

Copyright Holder: American Jewish Archives


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