The American Jewish Joint
Distribution Committee (JDC) helped support Jewish communities, both during and
after World War I and World War II. In addition to providing help to the
communities during World War II, they assisted Jews who were fleeing from
Nazi-occupied countries. During this time, JDC helped refugees in more than
forty countries in eastern and Western Europe, Asia and Latin America by
assisting with travel expenses, food and shelter.
After 1945 JDC also helped with
the care of child survivors, the tracing of relatives, the reestablishment of
Jewish religious and cultural life, and the emigration of survivors to various
countries abroad. The records of much of this help exist in the registration
cards that the refugees completed. Below are some samples of such cards
from Bukachevtsy natives.
(Thanks to JDC for