Posted on April 23rd, 2015 by Rachel
On April 23, 2015 Jews throughout the world celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaot, Israel’s Independence Day. In honor of Israel’s 67th birthday, today’s blog post highlights the contributions of Harry Greenstein who was involved in the resettlement of European Jews in Israel after the Holocaust. Thanks to the efforts of many, including Greenstein, Israel lived up to its mandate of serving as place of respite and shelter for Jews in need of a homeland.
Harry Greenstein was the Executive Director of the Associated Jewish Charities (today known as The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore) for 37 years from 1928-1965. His involvement in providing assistance to European Jewish refugees in the 1940s led to a federal appointment as the head of the UNRRA (United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration) for Greece, Albania and Yugoslavia. (For more information about the UNRAA, check out this article.)
In 1949, the Secretary of War appointed Greenstein Advisor on Jewish Affairs in post-war Germany. Part of his duties included assisting the United States Army in closing the Displaced Persons (DP) Camps in Germany and Austria, helping to rehabilitate Jewish life in Europe and aiding in the resettlement of Jewish refugees in Israel.
Harry Greenstein speaking in Munich on the first anniversary of Israel’s establishment, 1949 JMM 1971.20.156
In 1971 the JMM received a donation of Greenstein’s papers and photographs (MS 80). The collection includes photos from his visits to Israel and Europe on behalf of UNRRA as well as his efforts to resettle Jewish Displaced Persons in Israel in the late 1940s. The following is a selection of photos documenting his work:
Photo of document checking station taken during UNRAA trip to Middle East, 1944. JMM 1971.20.155
Photo taken during UNRAA trip to Middle East, 1944. JMM.1971.20.159
Jewish Displaced Persons board an airplane from Munich to Haifa, September 1948. JMM 1971.20.175
Young Jewish refugees who had been resettled in Holland by the JDC, on board the SS Negbah, on their way to Israel, Dec. 15, 1945. JMM 1971.20.176. For more information about the “Apeldoorn children” check out this article.
Greenstein was a recognized leader of the local, national and international Jewish community. The photos taken of him with Israeli dignitaries speak to his prominence on the global stage.
Greenstein (right) visits with President Chaim Weitzman at the President’s home in Rehovot, Israel, 1949. JMM 1971.20.233
Greenstein receiving a book from Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion, 1949. JMM 1971.20.192
Sixty-seven years later, Israel continues to serve as a homeland for Jews from all over the world.
A blog post by Assistant Director Deborah Cardin. To read more posts from Deborah click HERE.
Posted on December 2nd, 2014 by Rachel
The Baltimore Jewish Times publishes unidentified photographs from the collection of Jewish Museum of Maryland each week. If you can identify anyone in these photos and more information about them, contact Joanna Church at 410.732.6400 x236 or email email@example.com
Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times: March 28, 2014
PastPerfect Accession #: 2001.013.024
Status: Identified! Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin with Budd Kolker and Gloria Kolker, May 10, 1979.
Special Thanks To: Gloria Kolker Hack
Posted on February 11th, 2014 by Rachel
The Baltimore Jewish Times publishes unidentified photographs from the collection of Jewish Museum of Maryland each week. If you can identify anyone in these photos and more information about them, contact Jobi Zink, Senior Collections Manager and Registrar at 410.732.6400 x226 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times: August 9, 2013
PastPerfect Accession #: 1992.108.027
Status: Partially identified – we’re still looking for more children’s names, so if you recognize any of these shining faces, please let us know! Dr. Chaim Y. Botwinick and children from the Isaac Davidson Hebrew School, holding American and Israeli flags, c. 1952. Included are Gerald Friedman and Stuart Schuchalter.
Special Thanks To: Stuart Schuchalter