Language of Description: English
  1. British OSE (Oeuvre de Secours aux Enfants) Society, Old Photographs.

    This fonds contains old photographs of the British OSE, including a few pictures pertaining to Belgium. We firstly note 3 undated files with photographs titled “Belgium. Tent camp”: files 15/001, 15/002 and 15/003. Two undated files are described as “Belgium. Medical treatment”; see 15/004 and 15/005.

  2. Private collection Izak (Isaac) Haim Prins.

    This collection includes thousands of notes written by Isaac Prins, a large quantity of newspaper clippings and a lot of material on Dutch and Belgian Jews, topics in which Prins was very interested. One will find documents such as newspaper clippings, reports of activities, correspondence, notes, manuscripts and publications concerning the Jews in Belgium from the 16th century onwards, although most of the documentation pertains to the interwar years, the Second World War and post-war period. We find documents pertaining to onomastics, such as a telephone directory from Antwerp and the pro...

  3. Collection Rabbi Salomon Ullmann.

    This fonds includes correspondence of the Chief Rabbi of Belgium during the Second World War (as representative and head of the Vereniging der Joden in België – Association des Juifs en Belgique) including a list of Jewish teachers in Brussels, a list of Jews from Ghent, and correspondence with imprisoned Jews in internment camps in Limburg. This fonds also includes documents such as activity reports and statutes of the Association des Juifs en Belgique, reports on the situation of the Jews in Belgium during the occupation (written in Lisbon by Maurice Benedictus), reports written by the Ch...

  4. ORT Photo Collection.

    This fonds contains photographs from the photo collection of the ORT headquarters in London. The photographs depicting ORT activities in Belgium bear the reference code “ORT/PH 22”. There are 97 photographs and 8 photo albums in total related to Belgium (see photos [ORT/PH] 22/001 to [ORT/PH] 22/105). The large majority of the material relates to ORT work in Brussels and Antwerp; there is 1 photo album concerning the “Farming school” (hachsharah center) in Kessel-Lo (22/007). We firstly note pictures/albums on classes organised for both children, young men and adults concerning dressmaking ...

  5. Archiv der Israelitische Kultusgemeinde Wien, Teil II.

    In this fonds we find important files concerning the emigration of Viennese Jews (particularly children) to Belgium, mostly during the years 1938-1939. We firstly note files and series of a general nature, such as correspondence and telegrams regarding individual refugees, notes and reports on general emigration matters, brochures, series of questionnaires (concerning financial aid to émigrés, or questionnaires filled in by candidates), statistics, lists and reports on emigration (often ordered by target country), … For instance, in the subsection “emigration of children” (Kinderauswanderun...

  6. The Far Eastern Jewish Central Information Bureau (DALJEWCIB), Harbin, Shanghai, Personal files.

    This fonds contains individual files of potential emigrants applying to the Hilfsverein der Juden in Deutschland (Relief Organization of German Jews) for assistance in emigrating to Harbin and Shanghai, between 1938 and 1940. These emigrants were in majority German and Polish Jews, who lived in Germany, Austria, but also in other European countries, including Belgium. This fonds contains about 3000 personal files. The size and content of a file may vary, from just one letter to a rich correspondence, photographs, biographies, recommendations and forms filled in by potential emigrants (often...

  7. Istanbul Records of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee 1937-1949.

    There is a file on Belgium (1945)(folder nr. IS.210) in “Subcollection: Countries and Regions”. It contains correspondence, mostly concerning requests for information on relatives, and notifications of families and friends of persons deported from Belgium.

  8. Records of the Geneva office of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, 1945-1954.

    This incredibly rich archival fonds contains several hundreds of files relevant to the immediate post-war relief efforts of the JDC, and its support of Jewish organisations engaged in the reconstruction of the Belgian Jewish communities during the late 1940s - early 1950s. The fonds is divided into four main sections (‘subcollections’): Administration, Organisations, Subject Matter and Countries & Regions. Subcollection 1: Administration contains the following files, whose descriptions explicitly mention Belgium, Brussels, … and other relevant keywords: “Financial Statistical Reports” (...

  9. Fonds Maxime Steinberg.

    The Maxime Steinberg archives are essentially composed of thematic files containing copies of original archival documents, copies of periodicals and scientific literature assembled by Steinberg within the framework of his historical research. 11 boxes are related to the Comité de Défense des Juifs and the Association des Juifs en Belgique; some contain original archival material. 13 boxes consist of files concerning individuals – some hold just one page with biographical information, while others are fairly extensive and include many copied documents. 43 boxes contain the documentation file...

  10. Archives allemandes de la Second Guerre Mondiale.

    This collection, a conglomerate of several archival fonds produced by German institutions (among others, the Militärbefehlshaber in Frankreich), contains first and foremost archives of the Militärbefehlshaber in Belgien und Nordfrankreich. It was responsible for key aspects of the Shoah in Belgium. The archives in this collection contain several files that explicitly concern the anti-Jewish policies of the occupier – see for instance the files including documents on the inventory of ‘vacant’ Jewish homes in Belgium and northern France (nr. AJ40/37; year 1942); orders and application of anti...

  11. C G2 PA Service “Immigration en Palestine”.

    Firstly, this fonds contains general correspondence, notes, administrative documents, reports, … of which some are of importance for the history of the Jewish population during the war, and in the immediate after war period. See files C G2 PA 065.03 (lists of messages to recipients in Belgium, sent to the Association des Juifs en Belgique, 1944), C G2 PA 067.29 (report of M. Jaquet concerning his mission to i.a. Belgium, 1946), C G2 PA 067.48 (notes on the visit of Mrs. Daïnow to Belgium, correspondence with the AIVG, 1947), C G2 PA 057.22 and C G2 PA 057.21. The following files contain var...

  12. BG 059 Israélites.

    In this fonds we first of all want to point out the general series and files regarding: the persecution of, and assistance to Jews in the countries occupied by Nazi Germany and the other Axis powers; relief efforts in liberated concentration camps; “matters of principle”; individual cases; … We expect to find information on the Jewish population in Belgium in this kind of general correspondence, reports, lists etc. The following files explicitly refer to Belgium. Section “BG 59 02 [Aid and matters of principle] 1940-1961” contains a file on Belgium (file BG 59 02-020; for the year 1945). In...

  13. BG 044 Otages et détenus politiques.

    This fonds contains correspondence on the situation of and assistance to hostages and political prisoners. In section BG 44 04 we find correspondence (1943-1945) on this subject with the CICR delegation in Belgium (file BG 44 04-151) and the former Belgian Congo (BG 44 04-150), with the Belgian Red Cross (BG 44 04-194) and the Belgian government, particularly consulates and embassies (BG 44 04-172). Section BG 44 03 contains, apart from a general file on hostages and political prisoners in Belgium (1940-1950)(BG 44 03-067.01) also files on seven individual cases (1948-1949): see files BG 44...

  14. Oral History and interviews

    This fond contains interviews on audio tapes and their transcriptions, as well as notes taken by researchers of the institute during the interviews. These interviews were part of the project "Oral History of the Jews in Belgium" (Histoire orale des Juifs de Belgique). The interviews were mostly conducted by Daniel Dratwa et Bernard Suchecki, and reviewed by Willy Bok. The main themes of the interviews were oriented towards the personal lives of the interviewees, their family, their home country, their profession, education, their relation to Judaism and their level of religiosity, their mig...

  15. Archief Joris Desbonnet.

    In dit bestand noteren we vooreerst de antisemitische propaganda geschreven door Joris Desbonnet zelf. Nr. 3 bevat o.a. antisemitische artikels waaronder de brochure “Wie won en wie verrijkte zich in den Wereldoorlog?” (1935-1936). Onder nr. 11 vinden we een ongedateerd script van de hand van Desbonnet getiteld “Het Jodendom valt aan”. Daarnaast vermelden we nog de congresteksten van het vierde en vijfde congres van het antisemitische persagentschap Wereld Dienst te Erfurt (resp. in 1937 en 1938). Deze documenten zijn overgebracht naar de “collectie congressen”; zie de verwijzingen onder nr...

  16. Ministerie van Justitie: Rijksvreemdelingendienst (RVD) en Taakvoorgangers.

    This fonds contains several relevant files, mainly with regards to the question of Jewish refugees. File nr. 531 contains documents concerning requests from Jewish institutions for exchange of refugees between the Netherlands and Belgium (1939-1941). Documents (dated 1939-1940) regarding the granting of permission to the Comité voor Bijzondere Joodsche Belangen (Committee for Special Jewish Interests) to exchange minor refugees with Belgium can be found in file 912. In file nr. 1771 we also find documents concerning exchange of refugees with Belgium, in this case at the request of the Haags...

  17. Chaim Pazner – WRB Archive.

    In this fonds we firstly note files nr. 15 and 27, resp. covering the years 1943-1945 and 1940-1945. They contain correspondence between several Palestine Offices (Eretz Israel Office / Palästina Amt), Jewish Agency offices, and Jewish political leaders in Belgium, concerning requests for certificates allowing legal aliyah to Palestine. These files also contain reports on the situation of the Jews in Belgium, publications (i.a. the underground paper Unzer Wort), lists of people requesting legal entry visas to Palestine, etc. Correspondence of Chaim Pazner concerning the rescue of Jewish chi...

  18. Archives of the Comite Juif Belge (Belgian Jewish Council) during the Holocaust.

    In this fonds we firstly point out several files containing correspondence, namely correspondence of the Belgian Jewish Committee regarding the search for relatives (nr. 8; years 1944-1945), with various organisations concerning economic aid to the Jews in Belgium (nr. 1; 1943-1949) and with the Belgian Government in Exile and various organisations regarding donations and financial aid to the Belgian Jews (nr. 2; 1943-1945); correspondence and texts of speeches of Camille Huysmans regarding the Belgian diamond industry (nr. 3; 1943-1944) and correspondence of Henry Untermans concerning the ...

  19. Dr. I. Schwarzbart, Member of the Polish National Council in Exile Archive, London.

    We firstly note file nr. 642, containing correspondence of Schwarzbart with Jewish organisations in France and Belgium (1944-1945). In file nr. 398 we find correspondence, statements, reports, publications and other documents concerning Jewish refugees from Poland in Belgium and France, and activities on their behalf (1944-1946). Nr. 399 contains reports on Polish Jewish refugees in Belgium and France, and on their situation in these countries during the occupation (1944). Reports regarding Schwarzbart’s visit to Belgium can be found in nr. 643 (1945). Lastly, we find notes from conversatio...

  20. Archives of A. Silberschein, Geneva (Relico).

    In this fonds, we firstly note the correspondence of Silberschein with the Fédération des Juifs polonais en Belgique, concerning relief for Shoah survivors and financial support (file nr. 8; years 1946-1949). In nr. 110 we find several reports (i.a. a detailed activity report of the Comité de Défense des Juifs, 1942-1943) and correspondence concerning the situation of the Jews in Belgium, the deportations, difficulties in emigrating to the United States, the condition of intellectual refugees in Belgium, necessary relief, … for the period 1940-1944. File 89 (1945-1947) contains corresponden...