The Jdc at 100
A Century of Humanitarianism
Contributions by Mikhail Mitsel, Elissa Bemporad, Jaclyn Granick, Atina Grossmann, Suzanne D. Rutland, Veerle Vanden Daelen, Laura Hobson Faure, Anna Sommer Schneider, Kierra Crago-Schneider, Avinoam Patt, Inga Veksler, Marion Kaplan, Rakefet Zalashik, Zhava Litvac Glaser and Kinga Frojimovics
The JDC at 100 is addressed to scholars and students of humanitarian aid, conflict, displacement, and immigration, primarily in Jewish, European, and American history. It will also appeal to readers with a more general interest in Jewish studies and refugee studies, Holocaust museum professionals, and those engaged in Jewish and other relief and resettlement programs.
About the Authors
Atina Grossmann is professor of history at Cooper Union in New York. She is co-editor of Shelter from the Holocaust: Rethinking Jewish Survival in the Soviet Union (Wayne State University Press, 2017).
Linda G. Levi is the director of Global Archives at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and editor of I Live. Send Help: 100 Years of Jewish History in Images from the JDC Archives.
Maud S. Mandel is president of Williams College and professor of history in the program in Judaic Studies. She is co-editor of Colonialism and the Jews.
"This volume is of great value for scholars working on a wide variety of projects: on specific topics and communities in which the JDC was involved; comparative studies on the challenges confronting Jews in modern times; the problems facing refugees and emigrants; and the work of global aid organizations. Individuals interested in family histories that intersect with events described
in this volume will find the relevant articles extremely useful, providing the necessary context for their own stories, as well as ample
sources to continue their search."—Michal Ben Ya'akov, The American Jewish Archives Journal
"This remarkable collection of scholarly essays, based on the recently opened archives of the JDC, transforms our understanding of American Jewish rescue and humanitarian efforts, emphasizing the interwar and Holocaust years. Heroes, villains, murders, and mysteries fill these pages; so do grim details, poignant photographs, and trenchant analyses. A major contribution to twentieth-century Jewish history."—Jonathan D. Sarna, Brandeis University, Author of American Judaism: a History
"Based largely on the underutilized archives of the Joint Distribution Committee, these riveting accounts of that century-old institution tell dramatic stories of the rescue and support the JDC has provided to Jews from China to Cuba, Eastern Europe to Israel, and beyond. Firmly committed to avoiding politics, the JDC nevertheless has had to navigate tense, delicate situations and has done so with aplomb, discretion, and remarkable successes."—Zvi Gitelman, Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Judaic Studies, University of Michigan
"This innovative volume uses the history of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee as a window onto the experiences of the Jewish people during the twentieth century. It provides a unique panorama onto far-flung Jewish communities joined together through a remarkable American-based organization with worldwide concerns."—David Engel, Greenberg Professor of Holocaust Studies, Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, Professor of History, New York University
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