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Jewish Restitution Successor Organization Collection

Identifier: AR 1485

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains correspondence concerning restitution cases for individuals from North Rhine Westfalia and Bavaria. There are also documents regarding indemnification claims for destroyed synagogues in Hesse, Germany. These cases contain appraisals, inventories, floor plans and other correspondence from local government agencies, architects and accountants. Memoranda among JRSO and its member institutions can be found in this collection. There are annual reports as well as a Report on the Operations of The Jewish Restitution Successor Organization: 1947 - 1972, prepared by JRSO Secretary Saul Kagan and Ernest H. Weismann, Comptroller and Director of Reports and Information. The Report details the scope of JRSO activities and accomplishments, administrative policies and financial expenditures over the twenty five year span since its inception.


  • 1948 - 1973
  • Majority of material found within 1950 - 1959


Language of Materials

The collection is in German and English.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Request" button.

Historical Note

The Jewish Restitution Successor Organization (JRSO) was incorporated in 1947 and “aided in the relief, rehabilitation and resettlement of Jewish victims of Nazi persecution” (Report, pg 4.). JRSO comprised the following organizations: Agudas Israel World Organization, American Jewish Committee, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Anglo-Jewish Association, Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Sueddeutschen Landesverbande Juedischer Gemeinden, Board of Deputies of British Jews, The Central British Fund for Jewish Relief and Rehabilitation, Conseil Représentatif des Juifs de France, The Council of Jews from Germany, The Jewish Agency for Israel, Jewish Cultural Reconstruction Corporation and World Jewish Congress.

Some of JRSO’s activities included the recovery of heirless property, monetary claims filed against the German government, pensions and hardship funds, restitution of communal property, indemnification claims for destroyed synagogues and communal property, recovery of cultural objects, maintenance of abandoned cemeteries and legal aide. Funds obtained from restitution and indemnity claims were allocated to other service organizations: Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), American Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and Council of Jews from Germany.

Source: Kagan, Saul and Ernest H. Weismann. Report on the Operations of The Jewish Restitution Successor Organization: 1947 - 1972. New York: Jewish Restitution Successor Organization, 1973.


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This collection contains documents concerning restitution cases for individuals from North Rhine Westfalia and Bavaria and indemnification claims for destroyed synagogues in Hesse, Germany. Memoranda among JRSO and its member institutions, as well as financial reports, can be found in this collection.

Digitization Note

This collection was digitized in its entirety. Access to folders 5, 6, and 7 is restricted due to privacy concerns. Researchers may ask questions regarding restricted materials by contacting the LBI Archivist at

Related Material

The Leo Baeck Institute Archives holds the following collections: Council of Jews from Germany Collection, AR 5890; Bauer-Gross Family Collection, AR 25250; Adolf Leschnitzer Collection, AR 25320 / MF 897 and Ernest H. Weismann Collection, AR 10148.

Correspondence from Saul Kagan can be found in the following archival collections at the Leo Baeck Institute: Hanna Kunz Family Collection, AR 25253/MF 758 and Kurt Grossmann Collection, AR 25032 / MF 478.

Separated Material

Files pertaining to destroyed synagogues in Hesse and Bavaria may be found on 15 reels of microfilm, call number MF 271.

Guide to the Papers of the Jewish Restitution Successor Organization 1948 - 1973 bulk 1950 - 1959 AR 1485
Processed by Angela Lawrence
© 2011
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Description is in English.
Described and encoded as part of the CJH Holocaust Resource Initiative, made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

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