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George F. Rohrlich Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR 25142 / MF 913

Scope and Content Note

The bulk of the collection consists of materials documenting the planning of the 50th reunion of Harvard Refugee Scholars. There are also a few materials documenting the establishment of the Harvard Refugee Scholar program.

Dates

  • 1938-1994

Creator

Language of Materials

This collection is in English.

Access Restrictions

Collection is microfilmed, please use MF 913.

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.

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

Georg Rohrlich was born into a middle-class Jewish family in Vienna, Austria, on January 6, 1914. He attended a modern Gymnasium (1924-32) and earned a doctorate in jurisprudence at the University of Vienna (1937). He emigrated to the United States in September 1938. In autumn 1939, he was accepted into Harvard University's newly-established scholarship program for refugees, the Harvard Refugee Scholar program. He earned a doctorate in political economy and government in 1943. and became an American citizen in June 1944.

Rohrlich's career as a social welfare administrator began in 1947, when he served as a civilian economist for the Allied Powers in Tokyo and helped to re-establish Japan's social security system. After his return to the United States, he worked for the Social Security Administration (1950-53) and for the Department of Labor (1953-59). He then took a post with the International Labor Organization, an agency of the United Nations, and administered a training program for social security officials from underdeveloped nations (1959-64).

Rohrlich re-entered the academic world in 1964. After three years at the University of Chicago's School of Social Science Administration (1964-67), he moved to Temple University's School of Business Administration, where he remained until his retirement in 1981.

Between 1989 and 1991, Rohrlich helped to organize a fiftieth reunion of the Harvard Refugee Scholars (June 1990) and wrote a short history of the program.

He died on August 21, 1995.

Extent

0.75 Linear Feet

Abstract

The bulk of the collection consists of materials documenting the planning of the 50th reunion of Harvard Refugee Scholars. There are also a few materials documenting the establishment of the Harvard Refugee Scholar program.

Bibliography

See also "The Story of the Harvard Refugee Scholars" (MS 259)
See also Georg F. Rohlich's memoirs "Mein Leben in Oesterreich vor und nach dem 11. Maerz 1938" (ME 1374)
George F. Rohrlich papers are on deposit at the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives at SUNY Albany
Title
Guide to the George F. Rohrlich Collection, 1938-1994 AR 25142 / MF 913
Status
In Progress
Author
Processed by LBI Staff
Date
© 2009
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • September 2010:: Links to digital objects added in Container List.
  • 2010-09-15 : encoding of linking to digital objects from finding aid was changed from <extref> to <dao> through dao_conv.xsl

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

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