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Report regarding the rescue of Jewish children in Belgium (1944)


Reference code(s): GB 1556 WL 1316

Held at: Wiener Library

Title: Report regarding the rescue of Jewish children in Belgium (1944)

Date(s): 1944

Level of description: collection

Extent: 1 file

Name of creator(s): Heiber | Maurice | fl 1942-1944


Administrative/Biographical history:

Maurice Heiber founded an organisation to save Jewish children in Belgium. He worked both for the Judenrat (Jewish Council) in Belgium's children's department (AJB) and for the Committee for the Defense of Belgian Jews (CDJ) as a special emissary. He managed the children's department for the CDJ, 1942. Heiber transferred a copy of the card index containing the names of all 'official' Jews from the AJB to the CDJ and visited these homes with persuasive proposals for hiding children.


Scope and content/abstract:

Report regarding the rescue of Jewish children in Belgium, 1944, comprise a photocopy of a translation of a report by Maurice Heiber detailing his exploits saving Jewish children in Belgium, translated by his niece, Enid Wistrich. Report entitled The Resistance and 'Save the Children' in Brussels describing the work of Maurice Heiber, notably his setting up of an organisation to save Jewish children. Also a copy of the French journal Revue du Centre de Documentation Juive Contemporaine, December 1968, with reference to some of Maurice Heiber's work.


Language/scripts of material: English and French

System of arrangement:

Arranged in chronological order.

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

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

Finding aids:

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



Archival history:

The document having been mislaid for many years resurfaced shortly prior to deposit.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited by Enid Wistrich.



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: February 2008

Anti-fascist movements | Protest movements | Political movements
Children | Childhood | Age groups | Age distribution
Jews | Religious groups
Occupied territories | Humanitarian law
Resistance to oppression | Oppression | Political movements
Third Reich | Nazism | Totalitarianism | Political doctrines
World War Two (1939-1945) | World wars (events) | Wars (events)

Personal names
Heiber | Maurice | fl 1942-1944

Corporate names
Committee for the Defense of Belgian Jews
Judenrat | Belgium x Jewish Council

Belgium | Western Europe | Europe