Norman Bentwich collection (P174)

Language of Description
Alt. Identifiers
  • 2016.150.1
  • RG-68.193
1 Jan 1933 - 31 Dec 1943
Level of Description
  • English
  • German
  • French
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Extent and Medium

14,513 digital images, TIFF


Biographical History

Norman De Mattos Bentwich, OBE MC (28 February 1883-8 April 1971) was a British barrister and legal academic. He was the British-appointed attorney-general of Mandatory Palestine and a lifelong Zionist. Bentwich was close to the moderate wing of the movement and advocated for Arab-Jewish relations. Among his many positions, in the 1930s Bentwich served as director of the League of Nations' Commission for Jewish Refugees from Germany. In that capacity, he organized welfare efforts for German-Jewish refugees.

Archival History

Arkhiyon ha-merkazi le-toldot ha-ʻam ha-Yehudi


Source of acquisition is the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (CAHJP) (Arkhiyon ha-merkazi le-toldot ha-ʻam ha-Yehudi), Signature: P 174. The original collection was acquired by the CAHJP in January 1982 from the Central British Fund, London. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received this collection via the United States Holocaust Museum International Archives Project in March 2016.

Scope and Content

Private papers of Norman de Mattos Bentwich (1883-1971): Correspondence with refugees from Germany and Austria including name lists (organized alphabetically), as well as correspondence with the various refugee aid organizations such as the Central British Fund, London, the Comité voor Joodsche Vluchtelingen, Amsterdam, the Comité voor Bijzondere Joodsche Belangen, Amsterdam, the American Jewish Joint Agricultural Corporation, the Comité Allemand, Paris, the Comité National Tchécoslovaque pour les réfugiés provenant d'Allemagne, Prague, the Vereeniging tot Vakopleiding van Palestina Pioniers, Deventer, Netherlands, the Comité pour la Défense des Droits des Israélites en Europe Centrale et Orientale, Paris, and many others. Most of the correspondence pertains to the Kitchener Camp and the entry of Jewish refugees into Great Britain.

System of Arrangement

Arranged in eight series: 1. General Correspondence, 1939-1942 (alphabetical); 2. Refugees-General files, 1939-1940 (alphabetical); 3. Kitchener Camp (England) files, 1938-1941 (alphabetical); 4. Central British Fund (C.B.F.), 1936-1958; 5. Requests from the Comité voor Joodsche Vluchtelingen to Bentwich on behalf of refugees, 1939-1940; 6. Files of Bentwich's Correspondence with Organizations and Personalities re Refugees,1936-1938 (alphabetical); 7. Files organized alphabetically by subject titles, 1936-1943 (some files are not dated); 8. Printed matters and miscellaneous materials, 1938-1939 (some files are not dated)

Conditions Governing Reproduction

Copyright Holder: Arkhiyon ha-merkazi le-toldot ha-ʻam ha-Yehudi


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