The Catastrophe of European Jewry

By Jacob Lestchinsky

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Social Welfare, March 1948

Part of a series of six papers which serve as an introduction to the International Conference of Jewish Social Work which will be opened in New York on April 22 and continued at the Hotel Ambassador in Atlantic City on May 13 and 14, 1948. In this paper, the speaker explores the various issues facing European Jewry in the wake of the war and the loss of population. The piece highlights how almost 2,500 Jewish communities vanished from Europe and how a large portion of Jewish property was destroyed during this time. The piece concludes by affirming how the various social institutions created before the catastrophe have become increasingly useful in helping the surviving population.

Topic: Trauma, Culture, Communal Responsibility, Death and Mourning, War, Shoah, Jewish Organizations, Holocaust

Name of Publication: The Jewish Social Service Quarterly

Editor: Aptekar, Herbert H.

Volume/Issue: Vol.24/no.3

Page Number(s): 334-336

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Genre: Conference Presentation

Coverage: Europe

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Lestchinsky, Jacob. The Catastrophe of European Jewry. The Jewish Social Service Quarterly. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Social Welfare. March 1948: 334-336. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=6064


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