The World Jewish Congress Paris Office records

Language of Description
Alt. Identifiers
  • 2005.87
  • RG-68.065M
1 Jan 1934 - 31 Dec 1954, 1 Jan 1945 - 31 Dec 1954
Level of Description
  • English
  • Other languages
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Extent and Medium

37 microfilm reels (digitized), 35 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

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 Paris Office of the World Jewish Congress were transferred to the Central Zionist Archives in Jerusalem in 1992, and held as a record group C10. The material covering the period 1934-1954 was filmed by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum International Archives Project and transferred to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives in Jan. 2005.The records from 1954 to the 1980s are available as original documents only at the Central Zionist Archives.

Scope and Content

Contains correspondence, reports, and other materials related to the work of the Paris Office of the World Jewish Congress, including correspondence with a variety of organizations including including non-governmental (NGOs), governmental, and Jewish groups. Also contains reports and other records related to the following subjects: the search for missing Jews; liberated Jews; restitution and compensation claims; situation of Jews during the war; and Jewish affairs in France and North Africa. The bulk of materials in this collection are from 1945-1954.

System of Arrangement

Organized in the following order: File C10/304 - C10/624. Arrangement is thematic.

Conditions Governing Reproduction

Copyright Holder: World Zionist Organization. Central Zionist Archives

Corporate Bodies



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