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Rabbi Dr. Leo Baeck to Mr. Kluck

Rabbi Dr. Leo Baeck1944-03

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Archives

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Archives
New York, New York, United States

Rabbi Leo Baeck acknowledged the receipt of American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) food packages in the Theresienstadt concentration camp. In October 1943, the JDC office in Lisbon began sending 1,000 monthly parcels of food to inmates in the Theresienstadt concentration camp. Each parcel weighed 500 grams and contained sardines, dried fruits, and biscuits-foods that were readily available in wartime Portugal. By early 1944, the number of monthly parcels sent had grown to 16,000. The parcel shipments were discontinued in August 1944 with the landing of the Allied troops in southern France. During the eleven months that the service functioned, approximately 140,000 parcels were sent, representing 70 tons of food costing $125,000. The Jerusalem Archives of the JDC holds postcards sent by the inmates of Theresienstadt to the JDC office in Istanbul, acknowledging receipt of the parcels. Among the postcards is one signed by Rabbi Dr. Leo Baeck, the renowned Jewish philosopher and beloved spiritual leader of German Jewry, who was himself an inmate in Theresienstadt from January 1943 to May 1945. Known as the "teacher of Theresienstadt," Rabbi Dr. Baeck survived the Holocaust and spent another decade as a teacher of world Jewry.

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  • Title: Rabbi Dr. Leo Baeck to Mr. Kluck
  • Creator: Rabbi Dr. Leo Baeck
  • Date Created: 1944-03
  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Physical Dimensions: 4 1/8" x 5 13/16"
  • Rights: The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Archives
  • External Link: Link to JDC Archives Website
  • Medium: postcard

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