These archives reveal the manner in which the Central British Fund, a philanthropic organization supported by the Anglo-Jewish community, raised large sums of money, organized and coordinated activities to secure refugees from Nazi Germany and helped restore to them their dignity and a measure of social and economic viability.
The Central British Fund for World Jewish Relief (CBF) was founded in 1933 by a group of Anglo-Jewish communal leaders in direct response to the appointment of Adolf Hitler as Chancellor of Germany and his implementation of anti-Semitic policies. It gathered information on the developing crisis, put pressure on governments and Jewish organizations and played a leading role in rescuing Jews before and during the war.
With many government sources as yet unreleased and with the loss or closure of other relevant organizational records, the CBF archives assume primary importance in the study of the Jewish people from 1933 to 1960.
Made public for the first time, the Archives of the Central British Fund for World Jewish Relief form a remarkable record of the plight of the Jews in the modern world--spanning the first rumblings of terror in 1933 through the foundation of the state of Israel in 1948 and the crisis in the Suez in 1956. During the years 1933-1939, the CBF was the world's major Jewish fund-raising agency for assistance to Jews in Germany and the one agency to which refugees and communities caring for them turned.
The archive describes programs in shelters, hostels, internment camps, schools and foster homes. As rare primary material, this archive will be of immense value to any scholar studying the events of the Holocaust, its aftermath and the effects on Jewish people worldwide.
Complete Collection: 74 reels