Central British Fund for World Jewish Relief: Reports regarding concentration camp orphans

Scope and Content

Papers of Central British Fund for World Jewish Relief, 1945-1948, comprise reports and memoranda documenting, in part, the challenges encountered by receiving such a large group of refugees with all their attendant problems. Included are some pamphlets and brochures regarding the CBF activities with children from concentration camps.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Central British Fund for World Jewish Relief was founded in the early months of 1933 by a group of Anglo-Jewish community leaders, in response to the appointment of Adolf Hitler as Chancellor of Germany on a political platform of anti-Semitism. Among the founders were Anthony de Rothschild, Leonard G. Montefiore and Otto Schiff.

The fund has been through many name changes in its lifetime. It started out as the Central British Fund for German Jewry, then became part of the new Council for German Jewry in 1936 along with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the American United Palestine Appeal. On the outbreak of World War II in 1939 the fund changed its name to the Central Council for Jewish Refugees, and in 1944 changed again to the Central British Fund for Jewish Relief and Rehabilitation. After many years as the Central British Fund for World Jewish Relief, the organisation is now known as World Jewish Relief.

The Committee for the Care of Children from Camps was a sub-committee of the Jewish Refugees Committee and its expenditure was covered by grants made by the Central British Fund.



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Central British Fund for World Jewish Relief

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Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Howard Falksohn.

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