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High Commission for Refugees from Germany Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR 7162 / MF 895

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of copies of correspondence on the placement of German refugees from the office of High Commissioner James G. McDonald with numerous refugee-aid organizations and prominent individuals as well as minutes of commission meetings, press releases, reports of commission subcommittees dealing with finances, passports, travel regulations and special problems of emigration by professionals.

Dates

  • 1933-1935

Language of Materials

This collection is in English and French with some German and Spanish.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Collection is microfilmed (MF 895).

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:

Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

email: lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org

Biographical Note

The problem of German refugees after National Socialism came to power in Germany became so acute in 1933 that the League of Nations established a High Commission for Refugees Coming from Germany. James G. McDonald was the first High Commissioner serving from 1933 to 1935. Norman Bentwich served as McDonald's assistant. The mandate of the High Commission was later broadened to take in both Austrian and Sudetenland refugees. It was dissolved on December 31, 1938, and the next day a new agency of the League of Nations, the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees under the Protection of the League was opened.

Extent

2 Linear Feet

Abstract

The collection consists of copies of correspondence on the placement of German refugees from the office of High Commissioner James G. McDonald with numerous refugee-aid organizations and prominent individuals as well as minutes of commission meetings, press releases, reports of commission subcommittees dealing with finances, passports, travel regulations and special problems of emigration by professionals.

Arrangement

  1. Series I: Correspondence, 1933-1935
  2. Series II: Documents, 1933-1935

Other Finding Aid

2 index cards.

Microfilm

Collection is available on 6 reels of microfilm (MF 895).
  1. Reel 1: 1/0-1/6
  2. Reel 2: 1/7-1/13
  3. Reel 3: 1/14-1/22
  4. Reel 4: 1/23-2/6
  5. Reel 5: 2/7-2/15
  6. Reel 6: 2/16-2/20
Title
Guide to the High Commission for Refugees from Germany Collection, 1933-1935 AR 7162 / MF 895
Status
In Progress
Author
Processed by LBI Staff
Date
© 2010
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • October 22, 2013 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

Contact:
15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States