London Metropolitan Archives - Item Details


Date of Creation:

1933 - 2004

Reference Code:


Scope and Content:
  • Records of the Central British Fund for World Jewish Relief, predecessor organisations and associated organisations. The archive details the work of the Fund in shelters, hostels, internment camps, schools and foster homes.

    Records include correspondence; reports; appeals; records relating to relief organisations including the Jewish Committee for Relief Abroad, the Pioneer Welfare Fund; the Medical Committee for Relief Abroad and the Jewish Board of Guardians; records relating to refugee organisations including the Central Committee for Refugees; the Central Office for Refugees; Jewish Refugees Committee and Children's Refugee Movements; records relating to the Agudas Israel World Organisation and the Israel Colonisation Organisation; administrative papers including Committee minutes and papers; and case files for Afghan, Argentine, Austrian, Belgian, British, Czech, Egyptian, Ethiopian, German, Hungarian, Iranian, Lebanese, Moroccan, Polish, Rumanian, Russian, South African, Syrian, American and Yugoslavian cases.

    LMA also holds case files for the "Kindertransporte" through which children were evacuated from Germany and Austria in 1938 and 1939.

    PLEASE NOTE: Case files from the 1930s/1940s are accessible only in digital form and by application to World Jewish Relief; Most case files from the 1970s and later are subject to Data Protection restrictions; where Data Protection restrictions do not apply these later case files are accessible only with permission from World Jewish Relief. The remainder of the collection is available for general access.
Extent: 50.86 linear metres
Site Location: London Metropolitan Archives
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Administrative History:
  • The Central British Fund for World Jewish Relief was founded in the early months of 1933 by a group of Anglo-Jewish community leaders, in response to the appointment of Adolf Hitler as Chancellor of Germany on a platform of anti-Semitism. Among the founders were Antony de Rothschild, Leonard G. Montefiore and Otto Schiff.

    The Fund has been through many name changes in its lifetime. It started out as the Central British Fund for German Jewry, then became part of the new Council for German Jewry in 1936 along with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the American United Palestine Appeal. On the outbreak of World War Two in 1939 the Fund changed its name to the Central Council for Jewish Refugees, and in 1944 changed again to the Central British Fund for World Jewish Relief. After many years as the Central British Fund for World Jewish Relief, the organisation is now known as World Jewish Relief.

    The Fund's mission, according to its Memorandum of Association, was "to relieve or assist Jewish refugees in any part of the world in such manner and on such terms and conditions (if any) as may be thought fit." In this work the fund was aided by various organisations, including the Jewish Refugees Committee (JRC) which was founded by Otto Schiff in 1933; the Children's Refugee Movement (established by the JRC and the Inter-Aid Committee); and the Jewish Committee for Relief Abroad, which was established in 1943 and financed by the Central Council for Jewish Refugees (as the Central British Fund was then known).
Creator: Central British Fund for World Jewish Relief
Copyright: Depositor
Source of Acquisition:
  • Deposited in multiple accessions between 1990 and 2011.
  • ACC/2793
  • ACC/3522
  • B99/010
  • B99/042
  • B99/134
  • B00/011
  • B00/118
  • B06/132
  • B07/048
  • B11/017
  • ACC/3089
Access Restrictions: These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information may be subject to access restrictions
Physical Condition: Fit
Arrangement: The archive has been arranged into the following sections:
ACC/2793/01: Central British Fund;
ACC/2793/02: Jewish Committee for Relief Abroad and other relief organisations;
ACC/2793/03: Refugee movements including the Childrens Refugee Movement and the Jewish Refugee Committee;
ACC/2793/04: Other organisations including the Agudas Israel World Organisation;
ACC/2793/05: Administration.
ACC/2793/06: Case files (information not available online)
ACC/2793/07: Microfilm
Finding Aid Note: Information about World Jewish Relief's case files from the 1930s/1940s can be found online
Finding Aid URL:
Publication Notes:

For further information please consult the LMA Information Leaflet No. 16: "Records of the Anglo-Jewish Community at London Metropolitan Archives"; available to download here: (URL correct Feb 2010).

Content Note: Searched as part of the Pensions Research Guide Project, collection contains no pensions material 6 February 2012.
Title Notes: Central British Fund for German Jewry 1933-1939
Central Council for Jewish Refugees 1939-1944
Central British Fund for Jewish Relief and Rehabilitation 1944-1948
World Jewish Relief 1994-present