Records of the Reichsvertretung der Juden in Deutschland (Reich Agency for Jews in Germany), 1933-1938. The papers include committee minutes, reports, memoranda, circulars and correspondence detailing all aspects of the organisation's activities. Also included within 602/8 is a file of transcribed correspondence regarding Gross-Breesen, a non-zionist training camp set up by the Reichsvertretung to prepare young people for life abroad.
Reichsvertretung der Juden in Deutschland: records (microfilm)
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- ReferenceGB 1556 WL 602
- Dates of Creation1933-1938
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialGerman
- Physical Description8 files
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
The Reichsvertretung der Juden in Deutschland was founded in 1933 and became the Reichsvertretungder Deutschen Juden in 1935, and later the Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland in 1939. It came into being shortly after the Nazi seizure of power as the successor to the Reichsvertretung der jüdischen Landesverbande, a loose federation of Jewish organisations in Germany. Its main objective was to deal with the serious problems facing German Jewry from the new, antisemitic regime.
Rabbi Leo Baeck was elected president, and the driving force in the organisation was its chief executive officer, Otto Hirsch. The organisation's activities were to include all aspects of the internal life of the Jews of Germany, and it was to act as their representative before the authorities as well as Jewish organisations abroad. Its main spheres of operation, conducted through the Zentralausschuss der Deutschen Juden für Hilfe und Aufbau (Central Committee of German Jews for aid and reconstruction) were education, vocational training, support for the needy, economic assistance, and emigration.
Chronological by material type.
Conditions Governing Access
Former members of the Reichsvereinigung der juden in Deutschland
Other Finding Aids
Description exists to this archive on the Wiener Library's online catalogue www.wienerlibrary.co.uk.
Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements
Entry compiled by Howard Falksohn.
German Federal Archives: R1850
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