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November 21, 1950
Central Files Decimal Number 762B.00

Post-War Europe: Refugees, Exile and Resettlement, 1945-1950


Post-War Europe: Refugees, Exile and Resettlement, 1945-1950 provides a unique perspective on the lives of the survivors — Jewish and non-Jewish — of the Holocaust and World War II.  The collection contains documents from British government files as well as those of the Jewish Committee for Relief Abroad and the Jewish Relief Units — including surveys, leaflets, reports of relief workers, U.S. zone reports, War office memos, Exodus Camp records, Displaced Persons Assembly Centre weekly reports and correspondence of relief organizations.  It covers the international politics leading the administration, care, repatriation and emigration of Displaced Persons (DPs) and the daily plight of the refugees themselves.

Date Range: 1945-1950
Source Library: The Wiener Library, Henriques Collection and The National Archives of the UK in partnership with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum


Post-War Europe: Refugees, Exile and Resettlement, 1945–1950 documents this historic season by reprinting:

  • Surveys, leaflets, conference proceedings and records of relief agencies
  • Correspondence of relief organizations
  • Jewish Relief Unit directives, forms, orders and records
  • Reports of Relief Workers in German camps including Belsen
  • U.S. Zone reports
  • Exodus Camp records
  • Unpublished documents from The National Archives of the UK on immediate post-war refugees and displaced persons following the liberation of the concentration camps
  • Administration and operational directives for Allied Forces in Italy and Germany
  • Reports of the Inter-Governmental Committee on Refugees
  • Reports of the Joint Distribution Committee (Jews)
  • Situation reports from Transit, Refugee and Exodus camps
  • Displaced Persons and Repatriation Sub-Commission monthly reports
  • DP Assembly Centre Weekly Reports
  • War Office memos
  • Telegrams
  • Photos and maps from the National Archives Picture Library

The Henriques Archive from the Wiener Library, the records of Rose Henriques Jewish Committee for Relief Abroad

FOR MORE INFORMATION, download a Product Fact Sheet [pdf, 280 KB]

Advisory Board

Dan Stone, Professor of Modern History, Royal Holloway College, University of London is the general editor of Post War Europe: Refugees, Exile and Resettlement, 1945–1950.  He has written numerous articles and books, including:

  • History, Memory and Mass Atrocity: Essays on the Holocaust and Genocide (London: Vallentine Mitchell,  2006)
  • Responses to Nazism in Britain, 1933-1939: Before War and Holocaust (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003)
  • Constructing the Holocaust: A Study in Historiography (Vallentine Mitchell, 2003)
  • Breeding Superman: Nietzsche, Race and Eugenics in Edwardian and Interwar Britain (Liverpool University Press, 2002)
  • Colonial Genocide (London: Routledge, 2007) (jointly edited with A. Dirk Moses)
  • The Historiography of the Holocaust (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004)


“The files here represent a remarkable collection that will allow students and scholars to address many themes, from the social life of the DP camp to the machinations of the great powers from the World War Two to the Cold War concerning the control of populations…as a resource the collection is unparalleled.”

— Professor Dan Stone, University of London

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