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Fate of Hungarian Jewry


Reference code(s): GB 1556 WL 1151

Held at: Wiener Library

Title: Fate of Hungarian Jewry

Date(s): 1943-1994

Level of description: Collection level

Extent: 1 file

Name of creator(s): United States Legation in Stockholm


Administrative/Biographical history:

This collection contains mostly copy documents from the US legation in Stockholm to the US Department of State and concerns the possibility of saving Hungarian Jews during the Nazi era. The depositor was co-chairman of Brookline, the Holocaust Memorial Committee, based in Massachusetts, USA, and former inmate of Drancy concentration camp.


Scope and content/abstract:

Fate of Hungarian Jewry collection, 1943-1994, notably comprises a copy memorandum to Secretary Morgenthau, (copy of original which dates from 1943) (1151/1), concerning his request to review developments regarding the World Jewish Congress' programme for the evacuation of Jews from Romania and France; copy of a letter from JW Pehle, Executive Director of the War Refugees Board, to J. Mcloy, Assistant Secretary of War, (copy of original which dates from 1944) (1151/4), enclosing copies of eye-witness accounts of Auschwitz and Birkenau received from the Board's special representative in Bern recommending the bombing of the camps; memorandum to the Assistant Secretary of War regarding suggestion of bombing camps, setting out 5 reasons why this is not recommended (copy of original which dates from 1944) (1151/5) and a copy of a transcript of a secret memorandum from the American Legation in Stockholm to the Secretary of State, Washington, regarding gassing and deportation of Hungarian Jews (copy of original which dates from 1944) (1151/6).


Language/scripts of material: English

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Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

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

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

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



Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Regine Winder Barshak


Existence and location of originals:

National Archives and Records Administration, USA

Related material:

Publication note:


Archivist's note: 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: January 2008

Holocaust | Genocide | War crimes | Humanitarian law
Jews | Religious groups
Refugees | Migrants
War | International conflicts
World War Two (1939-1945) | World wars (events) | Wars (events)
Human rights violations

Personal names

Corporate names
War Refugees Board
World Jewish Congress

France | Western Europe | Europe
Hungary | Eastern Europe
Romania | Eastern Europe
USA | North America