Subseries 1: Domestic Administrative Correspondence, 1933-1956
Scope and Contents
Beginning with the documents of incorporation (1934), this material consists of correspondence, mainly of Cecilia Razovsky (Executive Director of the German-Jewish Children's Aid) and of Lotte Marcuse (German-Jewish Children's Aid Placement Director), with members of the German Jewish Children's Aid Board of Directors, the National Council of Jewish Women, the National Refugee Service and other aid agencies in New York. There is also correspondence with field offices of the above agencies, U.S. government departments and with prospective foster parents throughout the U.S.
Documents concerning the founding of the organization include copies of articles of incorporation, amendments to the articles, copies of the German-Jewish Children’s Aid’s constitution and bylaws. Other documents concerning the start of the organization include the appointment of Cecilia Razovsky as the Executive Director of the German-Jewish Children’s Aid, and the plans of the organization for a large-scale children’s immigration program. Materials concerning the functioning of the organization include minutes of German-Jewish Children's Aid meetings, including those of the Board of Directors, staff, and the Finance Committee, as well as information on the changing of the organizations’s name to the European-Jewish Children’s Aid and information on the tax status of the organization. In addition, there is also a history of the German-Jewish Children's Aid located in this subseries.
The majority of documents found in this suberies is correspondence. A large amount of correspondence here is between the German-Jewish Children's Aid and other aid organizations, including the National Refugee Service, the National Council of Jewish Women, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and the U.S. Committee for Care of European Children, among others. There is also a great deal of correspondence with the Immigration and Naturalization Service, which focuses on immigration forms and regulations, such as affadavits of support for sponsored children, government publications on the rights and restrictions of resident aliens, and discussing the immigration of groups of children. A few folders contain correspondence concerning activities for children such as summer camps and scholarships. Subseries 1 also contains documents concerning the German-Jewish Children's Aid’s support of the Wagner-Rogers bill, which would have allowed the immigration of refugee children from Europe outside of the quota system.
The greatest amount of correspondence located here is between the German-Jewish Children's Aid and other agencies concerning the placement of children in homes, and concerning field visits by the German-Jewish Childen's Aid to other agencies. There are also many lists of children needing homes, as well as biographical information on individual children, and lists of homes where they were placed. Statistical reports on the activity of the German-Jewish Children's Aid are also in this subseries, as well as reports to the German-Jewish Children's Aid from affialiated agencies.
- From the Collection: German-Jewish Children's Aid (Organization) (Organization)
Language of Materials
The collection is in English and German.
The collection is open to the public. Permission to publish part or parts of the collection must be obtained in writing from the YIVO Archives.
From the Collection: 81 Linear Feet