Jewish Congress Transfers Tracing Files from New York to Israel
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Jewish Congress Transfers Tracing Files from New York to Israel

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The World Jewish Congress here has transferred to Yad Vashem in Israel about 60, 000 index cards compiled by the special WJC Location Service which was established in 1942, it was announced today. This closes a chapter in World Jewish Congress activities during which about 25, 000 families displaced or separated by the Nazi onslaught were reunited.

WJC offices in Geneva, Stockholm, Buenos Aires, and other capitals participated in the search action, and in 1945 the organization set up a department in London that was later expanded into the European Tracing Office.

The 60, 000 cards sent to Israel represent only a part of the total effort in which the Location Service was involved. The service, which handled 150, 000 mail inquiries and 50, 000 personal calls, was the central clearing house for the tracing of relatives sundered by the war, and constituted the largest agency engaged in that task.

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