The Letters of European Jewish Children

By Catherine Varchaver

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Social Welfare, December 1946

The Child Care Division of the World Jewish Congress, which is now about one year old, has been working out two projects, both of them based upon consideration of the deepest needs of war damaged Jewish children. These two projects are the Foster Parents Plan and the Correspondents' Service. We were deeply convinced that the first need of these children, after the war and occupation ceased, would be the need of "belonging", the need of love and affection which these children could not experience during the long years of their ordeal. If, before the end of the war, our projects were founded on a guess, the first letters of children which reached us directly or through the American correspondents early in the Fall and Winter of 1945-46, proved that we have not been mistaken. We planned the Correspondents' Service as an emergency project which should provide both material and moral support to the child. We have stressed that the moral support of the letters was even more important than the receiving of packages. Numerous letters from children have confirmed this.

Topic: Youth, Social Services, Children, Emotional Support, War, Shoah, Refugees, Holocaust

Name of Publication: The Jewish Social Service Quarterly

Editor: Aptekar, Herbert H.

Volume/Issue: Vol.23/no.2

Page Number(s): 119-124

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Europe

Language: English

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Varchaver, Catherine. The Letters of European Jewish Children. The Jewish Social Service Quarterly. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Social Welfare. December 1946: 119-124. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=5932


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