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Council for German Jewry: correspondence (microfilm)


Reference code(s): GB 1556 WL 608

Held at: Wiener Library

Title: Council for German Jewry: correspondence (microfilm)

Date(s): 1934-1939

Level of description: Collection level (fonds)

Extent: 4 files

Name of creator(s): Council for German Jewry


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Council for German Jewry was established in 1936, in the aftermath of the Nuremberg race laws, with the objective of assisting German Jews to leave Germany through coordinated emigration. It succeeded the Central British Fund for the Relief of German Jewry, which was founded in 1933, shortly after the Nazis came to power.

An agreement was reached between Zionists and non-Zionists for an emigration plan and in January 1936 a delegation of leading British Jews went to the United States in order to establish a partnership with American Jewry to raise $15 million to assist in the emigration of 100,000 German Jews aged 17 to 35. Whilst they succeeded to a certain extent, a number of factors combined to impede their efforts including British immigration policy in Palestine, emigration obstacles in Germany and the growing impoverishment of German Jewry. After the war the organisation became known as the Central British Fund for Relief and Rehabilitation.


Scope and content/abstract:

Correspondence of the Council for German Jewry, 1934-1939, notably comprises material relating to dismissals of Jewish staff at Göttingen University (608/1) and Austrian Jewish refugees from the Burgenland, 1937-1938; various synagogue congregations in Germany, 1938-1939 (608/2); the emergency relief organisation for German scientists abroad (Notgemeinschaft deutscher Wissenschaftler im Ausland), 1936-1939 (608/3) and a report by the Jewish Agency for Palestine regarding emigration, 1933-1934 (608/4).


Language/scripts of material: German and English

System of arrangement:

Chronological by subject matter.

Conditions governing access:


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



Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Jewish Central Information Office


Related material:

MF Doc 27:Records of the Central British Fund for the Relief of German Jewry

Publication note:


Archivist's note: Gutman, Israel, Editor,Encyclopedia of the Holocaust, Macmillan, New York.

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
Humanitarian assistance | International cooperation | International politics
Jews | Religious groups
Refugees | Migrants

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
Göttingen University
Jewish Agency for Palestine
Notgemeinschaft deutscher Wissenschaftler im Ausland

Burgenland | Austria | Western Europe | Europe
Germany | Western Europe | Europe