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Conditions for Jews in Europe: reports and other papers


Reference code(s): GB 1556 WL 995

Held at: Wiener Library

Title: Conditions for Jews in Europe: reports and other papers

Date(s): 1940-1946

Level of description: collection

Extent: 1 folder

Name of creator(s): Committee for Refugees in Holland


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Committee for Jewish Refugees in Holland was created out of the Committee for Special Jewish Affairs, an organisation established to represent the interests of all Jewish interest groups. Dr David Cohen, a leading member of the Dutch Jewish community and Professor of Ancient History at Amsterdam University, was founder of both organisations.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers concerning conditions in Europe for Jews, 1940-1946, comprise a typescript copy of a diary written by a Jewish refugee from Berlin, describing life in Belgium during the occupation, 1944; copies of extracts from Luxemburg newspapers regarding press freedom; postcard of the Luxemburg Synagogue, which was burned down in 1940, 1940-[1945] and many typescript reports concerning conditions for Jews, notably including a report on the effect of the ceasefire agreement between Germany and France on people in the French camps and also on Jews in the occupied and unoccupied zones of France.


Language/scripts of material: German, French, English and possibly Flemish.

System of arrangement:

The material is arranged according to the country to which it pertains.

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

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

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

A detailed description exists on the Wiener Library's online catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

This miscellaneous collection of first-hand accounts of Jewish persecution in Europe and other papers was sent to the Wiener Library by the Committee for Jewish Refugees in Holland. Nothing is known about the circumstances in which the deposit was made. It is assumed that the authors of the accounts were at one time refugees in Holland.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Jewish Central Information Office


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Existence and location of copies:

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Publication note:



Archivist's note: Compiled by Samantha Velumyl.

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: March 2008

Concentration camps | War crimes | Humanitarian law
Holocaust | Genocide | War crimes | Humanitarian law
Jews | Religious groups
Occupied territories | Humanitarian law
Refugees | Migrants
Religious discrimination | Religion
War | International conflicts
World War Two (1939-1945) | World wars (events) | Wars (events)

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