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American OSE Committee

Title: American OSE Committee
Inclusive Dates: 1941-1955
ID: RG 494 
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48'2"; 1 2.5"lgl; 26 5"lgl; 60 5"ltr; 11 Bankers boxes;          8 file folders of photos
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correspondence: folders arranged numerically; photos: folders arranged alphabetically, by country
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OSE was a worldwide organization for child care, health and hygiene among Jews, with headquarters in Paris.  Founded in 1912 in St. Petersburg, Russia.  The name OSE was originally an acronym for Obshchestvo Zdravokhraneniya Yevreyev (Society for the Protection of the Health of the Jews).  The OSE maintained branches in Russia, Poland, Rumania and Central and Western Europe.  The Polish name was TOZ (Towarzystwo Ochrony Zdrowia - Society for the Protection of Health)  and the French name Oeuvre de Secours aux Enfants (Society for the Aid of Children).  By 1939 OSE maintained hundreds of institutions which included hospitals, nurseries, feeding centers for school children, summer camps and sanatoriums.  The institutions of OSE in Europe were destroyed during World War II.  After the war, OSE shifted its activities to North America, Latin America, Africa and Israel.  Its work includes control of epidemic diseases, dissemination of public health information, medical research and improvement of general health conditions.
expand icon Finding Aid Information
Inventory: English, 115 pp., typed
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