Guide to the Papers of the Jewish Restitution Successor Organization
1948 - 1973 bulk 1950 - 1959

AR 1485

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Angela Lawrence in July 2012. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Jewish Restitution Successor Organization
Title: Jewish Restitution Successor Organization Collection
Dates:1948 - 1973
Dates:bulk 1950 - 1959
Abstract: This collection contains documents concerning restitution cases for individuals from North Rhine Westfalia and Bavaria and indemnification claims for destroyed synagogues in Hesse, Germany. Memoranda among JRSO and its member institutions, as well as financial reports, can be found in this collection.
Languages: The collection is in German and English.
Quantity: 0.25 linear feet
Identification: AR 1485
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute
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Historical Note

The Jewish Restitution Successor Organization (JRSO) was incorporated in 1947 and “aided in the relief, rehabilitation and resettlement of Jewish victims of Nazi persecution” (Report, pg 4.). JRSO comprised the following organizations: Agudas Israel World Organization, American Jewish Committee, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Anglo-Jewish Association, Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Sueddeutschen Landesverbande Juedischer Gemeinden, Board of Deputies of British Jews, The Central British Fund for Jewish Relief and Rehabilitation, Conseil Représentatif des Juifs de France, The Council of Jews from Germany, The Jewish Agency for Israel, Jewish Cultural Reconstruction Corporation and World Jewish Congress.

Some of JRSO’s activities included the recovery of heirless property, monetary claims filed against the German government, pensions and hardship funds, restitution of communal property, indemnification claims for destroyed synagogues and communal property, recovery of cultural objects, maintenance of abandoned cemeteries and legal aide. Funds obtained from restitution and indemnity claims were allocated to other service organizations: Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), American Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and Council of Jews from Germany.

Source: Kagan, Saul and Ernest H. Weismann. Report on the Operations of The Jewish Restitution Successor Organization: 1947 - 1972. New York: Jewish Restitution Successor Organization, 1973.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains correspondence concerning restitution cases for individuals from North Rhine Westfalia and Bavaria. There are also documents regarding indemnification claims for destroyed synagogues in Hesse, Germany. These cases contain appraisals, inventories, floor plans and other correspondence from local government agencies, architects and accountants. Memoranda among JRSO and its member institutions can be found in this collection. There are annual reports as well as a Report on the Operations of The Jewish Restitution Successor Organization: 1947 - 1972, prepared by JRSO Secretary Saul Kagan and Ernest H. Weismann, Comptroller and Director of Reports and Information. The Report details the scope of JRSO activities and accomplishments, administrative policies and financial expenditures over the twenty five year span since its inception.

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Arrangement

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Request" button.

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Access Points

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Related Material

The Leo Baeck Institute Archives holds the following collections: Council of Jews from Germany Collection, AR 5890; Bauer-Gross Family Collection, AR 25250; Adolf Leschnitzer Collection, AR 25320 / MF 897 and Ernest H. Weismann Collection, AR 10148.

Correspondence from Saul Kagan can be found in the following archival collections at the Leo Baeck Institute: Hanna Kunz Family Collection, AR 25253/MF 758 and Kurt Grossmann Collection, AR 25032 / MF 478.

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Separated Material

Files pertaining to destroyed synagogues in Hesse and Bavaria may be found on 15 reels of microfilm, call number MF 271.

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Digitization Note

This collection was digitized in its entirety. Access to folders 5, 6, and 7 is restricted due to privacy concerns. Researchers may ask questions regarding restricted materials by contacting the LBI Archivist at lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Jewish Restitution Successor Organization Collection; AR 1485; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Container List

 

Series I: Restitution Cases and Expenditures, 1948 - 1973

This series is in English and German.
0.25 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Topical.

Scope and Content:

This series contains annual reports and memoranda generated by Saul Kagan, Secretary of JRSO. Restitution cases on behalf of individuals can also be found in this series. One can find correspondence among the JRSO, district courts and government finance agencies in Wuppertal, Hattigen-Ruhr, Düsseldorf, Ennepe-Ruhr-Kreis and Würzburg. There are also indemnification claims for destroyed synagogues of three municipalities (Altenstadt, Himbach and Schotten) in the state of Hesse, Germany. These cases contain appraisals, inventories, floor plans and other correspondence from local government agencies, architects and accountants.

This collection contains a Report on the Operations of The Jewish Restitution Successor Organization: 1947 - 1972, prepared by JRSO Secretary Saul Kagan and Ernest H. Weismann, Comptroller and Director of Reports and Information. The Report details the scope of JRSO activities and accomplishments, administrative policies and financial expenditures over the twenty five year period after JRSO’s inception in 1947.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 1 Reports and memoranda 1960 - 1973
  

Includes: Report on the Operations of The Jewish Restitution Successor Organization, 1947 - 1972 prepared by Saul Kagan and Ernest H. Weismann; memoranda from Saul Kagan, Secretary of JRSO; annual reports from 1960, 1961, 1966; and a statement of expenditures

 
1 2 Altenstadt synagogue: appraisals, inventories, floor plans, correspondence 1950 - 1959
  

Correspondents include: Frederick W. Elkan (Comptroller JRSO), Helene Frank, Siegmund Goldschmidt, W. Hollstein, Siegfried Lublinski, Rudolf Sauer, and Hermann Stern

 
1 3 Himbach synagogue: appraisals, inventories, floor plans, correspondence 1950 - 1959
  

Correspondents include: M. Eisenstaedt (Regional Director), Siegfried Lublinski, and Ferdinand Mayer

 
1 4 Schotten synagogue and school: apppraisals, inventories, floor plans, correspondence 1950 - 1959
  

Correspondents include: M. Eisenstaedt, Norbert Hess, Ludwig Kaufmann, and Isidor Stern

 
1 5 Restitution for Fritz Loewenthal 1953
1 6 Restitution for Meta Gutmann Blum 1951 - 1965
  

Correspondents include Erna Goldschmidt and the Jewish Trust Corporation for Germany

 
1 7 Restitution for the Rothstein family: Albert, Paula and Stefan 1948 - 1966
  

Correspondents include: Anna Dillig, A. Mueller (Investigator), and Stefan Rothstein

 
1 8 Microfilm records 1971
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