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Archives du Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (ACICR): G59 Israélites (microfilm)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1556 WL MF 2
Held at: Wiener Library
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Full title: Archives du Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (ACICR): G59 Israélites (microfilm)
Date(s): 1939-1961
Level of description: Collection level (fonds)
Extent: 14 reels
Name of creator(s): Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (International Committee of the Red Cross)


Administrative/Biographical history:

Created (or rather re-activated) in 1942 by the Comité international de la Croix-Rouge, the Commission des prisonniers, internés et civils (Commission PIC) was mandated to deal with all questions relating to the treatment of POWs and civilian internees (which included victims of racial persecution and political detainees). It was incumbent upon the PIC to pass on all necessary instructions to those around the world tasked by the CICR to deal with POWs and internees. The PIC acted in the name of the CICR with respect to the practical execution of the latter's directives. It also had to take initiatives in numerous cases where conventional arrangements either no longer existed or had become inooperatve. During the Second World War the PIC worked closely in collaboration with the Division d'assistance spéciale (DAS) to provide material and moral assistance to victims of racial persecution not protected by the Geneva Convention.

In effect up to 1942-1943, questions relating to the persecution of Europe's Jews as well as hostages and political detainees had been dealt with by a variety of different agencies. From 1942 the PIC was charged with the principal questions relating to victims of racial and political persecution. Its activities continued up to the immediate post war period where it became involved with repatriation of deportees.

In addition the Service des colis aux camps de concentration (Service CCC) was created in 1943 and integrated into the DAS in 1944. This organisation worked specifically towards providing assistance for Jews and other civilians in Nazi concentration camps.


Scope and content/abstract:

Archives du Comité international de la Croix-Rouge collection, 1939-1961, comprises files, reports and correspondence on the following subject areas: Jews (various dossiers); relief and questions of principle; camps; appeals; emigration; High Commissioner for Refugees; Jewish organisations; deportations; projects; investigations; case files; visits to camps and ghettos; special mission in Iraq.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
French, German, English and Italian

System of arrangement:

The original order has, where possible, been retained. The 13 sub-series are arranged geographically (assistance to Jews in different countries); thematically (emigration, finance questions, means of transport); and by correspondent (Red Cross, government agencies, organisations).

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

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

Finding aids:

Additional findind aids are located within Wiener Library reading room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

The series G59 conmprises dossiers produced by different commissions of the secretary general of the International Committee of the Red Cross all of which were transferred to the central archives of CICR.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (International Committee of the Red Cross)

Allied Materials

Related material:

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:
January 2008

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