Records of the Religious Society of Friends in Great Britain: Friends Committee for Refugees and Aliens (FCRA)

Language of Description
Alt. Identifiers
  • 2007.377
  • RG-59.027M
1 Jan 1921 - 31 Dec 1954
Level of Description
  • English
EHRI Partner

Extent and Medium

19,346 digital images, JPEG and PDF

21 microfilm reels, 35 mm

Archival History

The Library of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain


Source of acquisition is the Library of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the filmed collection via the International Program Division in Nov. 2007, and accretions in 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012.

Scope and Content

The collection contains minutes of the Germany Emergency Committee, which was later renamed the Friends Committee for Refugees and Aliens (FCRA). Records relate to the situation of Jews in Germany, support for refugees, internment, political prisoners, and visits to concentration camps. The collection also includes the pamphlet “An Account of the Work of the Friends Committee for Refugees and Aliens, first known as the Germany Emergency Committee of the Society of Friends 1933-1950,” by Lawrence Dalton, issued in 1954, as well as various other pamphlets relating to the work of the Committee. Includes also various reports on the situation in each of the countries, newspaper cuttings, eyewitness reports in Germany starting in 1933, an appeal to Hitler in 1934, the administration of centers for refugees; correspondence with other organizations, internment camp reports, as well as statistics and inquiry files. Contains also records of the Friends Service Council: Polish Relief Committee, including correspondence, minutes of meetings, newspaper cuttings, and reports relating to Polish and Jewish refugees and Polish refugee camps in East Africa, and a file on the Meeting for Suffering Committee on the Jewish Question, 1938-1939; Germany and Holland Committee and Germany files, including correspondence, minutes of meetings, reports on the situation in Germany and persecution of Jews, visits to Germany, Czechoslovakia and Poland, requests for assistance, funds, visas. Also includes correspondence and papers from Frankfurt Depot and Center relating to the situation in Germany during the interwar period and relief work of the Quakers.

System of Arrangement

Arranged in six series: 1. Minutes of the Friends Committee for Refugees and Aliens (FCRA) (previously called the Germany Emergency Committee), 1933-1954; 2. Bulletin and other Publications of FCRA, 1933-1954; 3. FCRA Executive Committee Minutes and Camp Reports with Name Lists for those who were Granted Emigration, 1938-1941; 4. Intergovernmental Conference for Refugees, Evian (France): Reports, Pamphlets and Proposals for Refugees; 5. Files of Political Prisoners (organized alphabetically), 1933-1938; 6. Reports, Proposals for Relief Work, and Correspondence and Minutes of the Friends Service Council, Committees (France, Germany, Austria, China, Palestine, Czechoslovakia, Australia, Canada, Poland, Hungary, Romania).

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions on access. This material can only be accessed in a Museum reading room or other on-campus viewing stations. No other access restrictions apply to this material.

Conditions Governing Reproduction

Copyright Holder: The Library of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain


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