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Patrons or partners? Relations between the american jewish joint distribution committee and the dutch jewish community in the immediate postwar period

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In the relatively sparse historical literature on post-war European Jewry, scholars generally have found little place for the Jews of the Netherlands. The Jewish community of the Netherlands seemed an ideal candidate for the Joint's restructuring campaign. In their initial encounters with the remnants of the post-war Dutch Jewish population in 1944 and early 1945, of course, few outside observers would have placed much hope in the future of the community. The idea of a Jewish community center seemed especially appealing in the case of Dutch Jewry, who had suffered both a devastating loss of population and the destruction of both private and communal property holdings. In the end, American Jewry's most important contribution to the revival of Jewish life in the Netherlands after World War II may well have been as much psychological as structural.

Keywords: American Jewry; Dutch Jewish community; Netherlands; post-war European Jewry



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