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Hilfsverein der Juden in Deutschland: correspondence with The Council for German Jewry (microfilm)


Reference code(s): GB 1556 WL 607

Held at: Wiener Library

Title: Hilfsverein der Juden in Deutschland: correspondence with The Council for German Jewry (microfilm)

Date(s): 1936-1939

Level of description: collection

Extent: 6 files

Name of creator(s): Hilfsverein der Juden in Deutschland


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Hilfsverein der Juden in Deutschland (Jewish Aid in Germany) was an organisation established by German Jews in 1901 to engage in social welfare and educational activities among needy Jews. It remained in operation until 1941, and during the Nazi period it assisted German Jews trying to emigrate.

After World War One, the Hilfsverein concentrated its efforts on Jewish refugees from eastern Europe who were stranded in Germany while trying to emigrate overseas.

The help that the Hilfsverein was able to give encompassed all aspects of emigration; up-to-date information, based on reports received from hundreds of contacts abroad; vocational counselling, technical arrangements, bureaucratic formalities and financial advice. When the Hilfsverein began to assist Jewish emigration from Germany, a clear division of responsibility was made between it and the Jewish Agency. The latter, through the Palastina-Amt, dealt exclusively with emigration to Palestine, while the Hilfsverein dealt with emigration elsewhere.

The Hilfsverein continued to function as an independent agency until 1939, when it became a section of the Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland. In 1941, when emigration was prohibited altogether, that section also went out of existence.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Hilfsverein der Juden in Deutschland (Jewish Aid in Germany) comprising correspondence regarding emigration to Palestine, Shanghai and Kenya, 1936-1939, notably including a critical report by the French based Jewish Colonisation Association to the directors of HICEM, 1937 and a report on the activities of the Hilfsverein, 1936.


Language/scripts of material: German, French, English

System of arrangement:

Chronological by subject matter.

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Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies can be made for personal use. Permission must be sought for publication.

Physical characteristics:

Use microfilm.

Finding aids:

Description exists to this archive on the Wiener Library's online catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Former members of the Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland.


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Archivist's note: Sources: Encyclopedia of the Holocaust, Macmillan, 1990
Entry compiled by Howard Falksohn.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: November 2007

Antisemitism | Racial discrimination
Emigration | Migration
German history | European history | National history
Jewish emancipation | Liberation movements | Political movements
Jews | Religious groups
Third Reich | Nazism | Totalitarianism | Political doctrines

Personal names

Corporate names
Central British Fund for World Jewish Relief x World Jewish Relief x Central British Fund for German Jewry x Council for German Jewry x Central Council for Jewish Refugees x Central British Fund for Jewish Relief and Rehabilitation
Hilfsverein der Juden in Deutschland
Jewish Colonisation Association

Kenya | East Africa
Palestine | Middle East
Shanghai | Shanghai Shi | China | East Asia