Today’s post is written by Alan Walker, Archivist at the National Archives at College Park.
Although the war was over, the agony of its survivors continued unabated. The United Jewish Appeal, established in 1939, now in the aftermath called upon the federal government to solicit support for its efforts overseas to help Jewish victims of the carnage.
In response, Archivist Solon J. Buck issued this circular to employees of the National Archives:
Images of staff are from Identification Cards for Employees, 1941-1942 (NAID 7563237) RG 64, Records of the National Archives and Records Administration.
And the staff rose to the occasion, donating the equivalent of $3,300 in 2016 dollars. Here is the mention of it, in the employee newsletter Archiviews, in July 1946: