“Welcome the stranger. Protect the refugee.”
HIAS began over 130 years ago as an organization dedicated to provide relocation assistance to persecuted Jews around the world. The organization’s mission now includes administering assistance to refugees and immigrants of ALL backgrounds by reuniting families and offering resettlement services through cultural and governmental advocacy.
Archivists from the American Jewish Historical Society at the Center for Jewish History, with generous funding from HIAS, are completing a 3-year archival processing project to organize and provide access to the Administrative files of HIAS (1950s-2000s).
In addition to physical paper processing, this project will provide limited digital access to hundreds of HIAS client files and digital images of registration cards. An extended arm of this project also includes metadata creation and online access of thousands of digital photographs of HIAS events, promotional material, documents, and board members.
On The Rescue Front encompasses many of the interesting HIAS correspondence, images, and ephemera uncovered by AJHS and Center for Jewish History archivists during their daily processing. Please join us here as we uncover more unique items and stories from HIAS’s proud history of helping those in need.
Do you have a personal immigration/relocation story that relates to some of our posts?
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Care to learn more? Please visit our project homepage!