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American Joint Distribution Committee activities: A welfare worker and client

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Collection
MONTREAL HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL CENTRE (MHMC-01)
Description Level
Item
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
Drawing : paper : Print ; Ht: 30 cm x W: 20,5 cm
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
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Collection
MONTREAL HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL CENTRE (MHMC-01)
Description Level
Item
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
Drawing : paper : Print ; Ht: 30 cm x W: 20,5 cm
Other Title Information
Original Art, Work on Paper
Date
1947
Creator
Markowitz-Benjamin, Sylvia
Physical Condition
Good
Language
German
Notes
A print of a drawing by Sylvia Malkowitz depicts a Joint Distribution worker sitting at a desk next to a client in felt hat. A map to Hamburg is on the wall, next to two pictures of Men taking down a fence. Signed 'HE 47' in the bottom center. Narrative: Sylvia Benjamin (then Markowitz) started working as overseas staff for the American Joint Distribution Committee in Dec 1945. Her first assignment was at the Bergen-Belsen Displaced Persons camp near Hamburg. She was charged with interviewing for and distributing visas to Sweden, helping Jews locate surviving family, and for arranging medical care. After 6 months she was transferred to Hamburg where she helped re-establish a Jewish community. Her focus was on rebuilding a sense of community and spirit above mere survival requirements.
Accession No.
2011X.75.09
Name Access
Benjamin, Sylvia
Places
Germany, Europe
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre
Images
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