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Evian Conference Papers (microfilm)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1556 WL 503
Held at: Wiener Library
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Full title: Evian Conference Papers (microfilm)
Date(s): 1938
Level of description: collection
Extent: c400 frames
Name of creator(s): Evian Conference


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Conference on the problem of Jewish refugees was held in Evian, France, on the shore of Lake Geneva, in July 1938. Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed this international conference in the wake of Germany's annexation of Austria in March 1938, which substantially exacerbated the refugee problem. Delegates from 32 countries gathered from 6 to 15 July 1938. As the sessions proceeded, delegate after delegate excused his country from accepting additional refugees. The Evian Conference failed in its primary objective - to find safe haven for the Jews of Nazi Germany. Even the establishment of the Intergovernmental Committee on Refugees just before the conference adjourned was unable to make a difference.


Scope and content/abstract:

Minutes, reports, speeches and correspondence of the Evian Conference, France, July 1938, convened to address the issue of Jewish refugees from Nazi rule.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English French

System of arrangement:


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 Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Jewish Central Information Office

Allied Materials

Related material:

Records of the Board of Deputies of British Jews (London Metropolitan Archives): File- Refugees, Evian Conference Acc/3121/E/03/269 India Office Records Public and Judicial Department (British Library) File 3071, Evian Conference, IOR/L/PJ/7/2014 National Archives: CO323/1605/1-4; FO919/5; T160/842

Publication note:

Description Notes

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:
Oct 2007

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