Komitet pomoshchi evreiskim bezhentsam (g. Zagreb)

  • Odbor za pomoc židovskim izbeglicam (Zagreb); Committee for Aid to Jewish Refugees (Zagreb)
Language of Description
1933 - 1941
Level of Description
  • English
  • Croatian
  • French
  • Hebrew
  • Yiddish
  • German
  • Serbian
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Cyrillic
  • Hebrew
  • Latin

Extent and Medium

1163 files

Biographical History

In 1933, the Jewish community of Zagreb set up a local committee to aid Jews from Germany; it was sponsored by the JDC, HICEM, and the Jewish communities of Yugoslavia. The committee was headed by Zagreb Jewish community council vice president Makso Pscherhof. In 1933, 4,400 Jewish refugees from Germany settled in Zagreb; in 1934, 4,200. In all — from 1933 to 1941 — 55,000 Jewish refugees passed through Yugoslavia. The Zagreb Committee was the main HICEM committee in Yugoslavia.

Scope and Content

The collection's contents are described in one inventory, which is arranged by structure and chronology. Deposited in the collection are documents connected with the activities of the Zagreb HICEM Committee regarding the reception, settling, and transport to third countries of Jewish refugees from Germany and Austria. It includes correspondence with HICEM committees in Austria, the United States, Britain, Germany, Italy, and other countries, and with the Union of Jewish Religious Communities of Yugoslavia, the German Jewish Aid Society, the Jewish religious community of Brody, the JDC, the National Committee to Aid Refugees from Germany/Victims of Antisemitism (Paris), HIAS, the Swiss Zionist Union (Basel), the Palestine Bureau (Berlin), the Jewish community of Antwerp, Keren Hayesod, and the High Commission for Refugees from Germany. The correspondence touches upon issues of providing material aid to Jewish refugees from Germany and Austria, their job placement, filing documents for exit to third countries, and fundraising. There is also correspondence with Jewish emigres and refugees on filing entry documents and on seeking refugees' family members. There are refugee questionnaires, "blacklists" of swindlers posing as refugees for the purpose of receiving material aid, and bulletins of the HICEM central committee on organizational issues and on the activities of the committee.

Finding Aids

  • Nazi-Looted Jewish Archives in Moscow. A guide to Jewish Historical and Cultural Collections in the Russian State Military Archive, ed. by D. E. Fishman, M. Kupovetsky, V. Kuzelenkov, Scranton - London 2010.

Existence and Location of Copies

  • Microfilms are held by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives.

Archivist Note

Entry selected by Krzysztof Tyszka from the book “Nazi-Looted Jewish Archives in Moscow. A guide to Jewish Historical and Cultural Collections in the Russian State Military Archive”, ed. by D. E. Fishman, M. Kupovetsky, V. Kuzelenkov

Rules and Conventions

EHRI Guidelines for Description v.1.0