Selected records from the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (AJJDC) Archives, Jerusalem

Language of Description
Alt. Identifiers
  • 2005.98
  • RG-68.066M
1 Jan 1937 - 31 Dec 1966, 1 Jan 1940 - 31 Dec 1950
Level of Description
  • English
  • French
EHRI Partner

Extent and Medium

135 microfilm reels, 35 mm


Biographical History

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization. The JDC was founded in 1914 to assist Jewish persons in Palestine during World War I. The Holocaust and World War II caused the JDC to ramp up its relief efforts. With the end of the war in 1945, Jewish survivors were placed into hastily created displaced persons camps throughout Europe. Along with the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA), the JDC helped administer these camps and provide supplies. The JDC has aided millions of Jews in more than 85 countries.

Archival History

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee


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 United States Holocaust Memorial Museum International Archives Project transferred the collection to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives in Mar. 2005.

Scope and Content

Contains records of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (AJJDC) offices in Geneva, Stockholm and Istanbul and odd files of the offices in Lisbon, Brussels and Barcelona. Most of the records consist of correspondence of various JDC offices with other international Jewish and non-Jewish organizations, and with local Jewish communities and organizations, concerning post-war rehabilitation of Holocaust survivors, emigration from Europe, restitution and heirless property. Also includes a large number of name lists of Holocaust survivors and emigrants.

System of Arrangement

Organized in the following order: Reels 1-61, The JDC Office in Geneva: 1946 - 1962. Incorporates odd files of the AJJDC Offices in Lisbon (1940-1945) and Brussels (1939-1947); Reels 62-103, The AJJDC Office in Stockholm: 1943-1966; Reels 104-131, The AJJDC Office in Istanbul (1942-1950); Reels 132-135, Additional files from different collections that were not microfilmed in the proper sequence(1937-1953).

Conditions Governing Reproduction

Copyright Holder: American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

Corporate Bodies



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