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Jewish Veterans Association Collection

Identifier: AR 7012

Scope and Content Note

The Jewish Veterans Association Collection holds this association's organizational records, such as membership lists, a memorial book, financial and tax records, meeting minutes, some clippings and notes.

Information on membership in the Association and on its activities will be found primarily in the first two series of this collection. Series I, which holds the general records of the organization, includes a number of circular letters that announce events. Several folders also include lists of members. Most notable is the Association's memorial book, which lists both deceased members as well as those who still lived upon the dissolution of the organization in 1972, and also lists members of the Ladies Auxiliary. Obituaries for prominent members of the Association are also located in Series I. Series II, which holds notebooks of meeting minutes, includes notes on twenty years of membership meetings. These notes often mention events and activities as well as contain notes on topics of interest to members. Information on the Jewish Veterans Association's annual memorial service will likewise be found in every series; invitations to it are particularly prominent among the circular letters of Series I.

The most prevalent topic of this collection is the information on the Jewish Veterans Association's financial status. Material pertaining to this subject will be found in every series. Series I includes tax records, notes on finances, and receipts for both routine matters and special events, while finances are often mentioned in the meeting minutes of Series II. The yearly reports of the Burial Fund in Series III primarily relate to the Fund's finances.


  • Creation: 1934-1977


Language of Materials

The collection is in German and English.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

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

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


Historical here Note

The Immigrant Jewish War Veterans were formed in 1938 in New York City as a successor organization to the Reichsbund Juedischer Frontsoldaten. By 1950 it had been renamed the Jewish Veterans Association.

The organization stated as its aims and purpose the joining of Jewish war veterans for the memorial of comrades who had died in war or from persecution; the fostering of companionable union; the maintenance and promotion of Jewish cultural values; the defense against anti-Semitism; and social and charitable work. Its members consisted of ordinary, extraordinary and promoting members. Any Jewish war veteran could become an ordinary member, anyone who had been persecuted on behalf of being Jewish could become an extraordinary member and anyone who promoted the organization's aims could become a promoting member. The Association also included a Ladies Auxiliary and a Burial Fund, the latter managed by the Burial Fund Committee.

The Jewish Veterans Association held an annual memorial service and general meeting at Beth Hillel Synagogue in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City.

The Jewish Veterans Association dissolved on December 31, 1972.


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The Jewish Veterans Association Collection holds this association's organizational records, such as membership lists, a memorial book, financial and tax records, meeting minutes, some clippings and notes.

Related Material

This collection mentions some of the more prominent members of the Association. The LBI Archives include collections on some of them:

  1. Leo Gompertz Collection [AR 1990]
  2. Leo Baerwald Collection [AR 3677]
  3. Moritz Dahlerbruch Collection [AR 2384]

Both the LBI Archives and the LBI Library include material on the Reichsbund jüdischer Frontsoldaten, the organization in Germany that was a precursor to the Jewish Veterans Association. This material includes copies of Der Schild, the newspaper of the organization.

Separated Material

Photographs and two photograph albums (for the 20th and 25th anniversaries of the Jewish Veterans Association) have been removed to the LBI Photograph Collection and are viewable online.

Processing Information

During processing of the collection in preparation of the EAD finding aid, the collection was formed into series based on format and subject. Most folders were assigned numbers prior to processing; these have been retained in the folder titles. Some large folders were further subdivided during processing. Folders that were untitled were assigned titles during processing.

Guide to the Records of the Jewish Veterans Association 1934-1977 AR 7012
Processed by Dianne Ritchey
© 2013
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Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from JewishVeteransAssociation.xml

Revision Statements

  • April 20, 2015 : dao links added by Emily Andresini.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States