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Inclusive Dates: ca.1900 - ca.1970
ID: RG 245
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415' + 851 microfilm reels
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An international Jewish immigrant and refugee service founded in 1909 in New York through the merger of the Hebrew Sheltering House and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. HIAS activites included financial and legal aid, transportation arrangements, educational and vocational programs, location of missing relatives, lobbying in the United States and with other governments on behalf of individual cases. Until 1945, HIAS confined its activities to the United States. During World War I, HIAS helped refugees in Europe and the Far East. In the period 1920-1922, HIAS established offices in Europe to assist war and pogrom victims. In 1927, HIAS joined with the Jewish Colonization Association (JCA) of London and EMIGDIRECT of Berlin to form HICEM, whose headquarters were in France and which dealt with European operations. HICEM was dissolved in 1945. At the end of 1953, HIAS had offices in 50 countries. In 1954, HIAS merged with the United Service for New Americans to form United HIAS Service
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