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Sardines to the Ghettos: Relief Food Parcels for Jews in Occupied Europe

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Sardines to the Ghettos: Relief Food Parcels for Jews in Occupied Europe during the Second World War

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During the Second World War, humanitarian agencies, such as the JDC, and exile governments sent tens of thousands of relief food parcels to Jewish prisoners in the Nazi ghettos and concentration camps in Eastern Europe. The parcels were sent from neutral countries, including Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey. The lecture will discuss the organization of the help, the obstacles the humanitarian workers encountered, as well as the importance of the parcels for the incarcerated prisoners. In this way, this lecture addresses a topic that has for a long time been marginalized in historiography and public memory.

Dr. Jan Láníček is a Senior Lecturer in Modern European History at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. He is the recipient of the 2019 Ruth and David Musher / JDC Archives Fellowship. He is using the fellowship towards his research on humanitarian programs for the Jews organized during the Second World War by the governments-in-exile in cooperation with Jewish organizations.

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