Guide to the United Restitution Organization New York Office Collection
1950-1988

AR 25089

Processed by Leanora Lange

Leo Baeck Institute

Center for Jewish History

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Leanora Lange in February 2013. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: United Restitution Organization New York Office
Title: United Restitution Organization New York Office Collection
Dates:1950-1988
Abstract: This collection contains records of the New York office of the United Restitution Organization (URO). Materials include newsletters, reports, copies of laws concerning restitution, limited correspondence, and a few clippings.
Languages: The collection is in German and English.
Quantity: 0.25 linear feet (4 folders)
Identification: AR 25089
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute
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Historical Note

The United Restitution Organization (URO) was established in 1948 as a legal aid service to assist victims of Nazi persecution living outside Germany in making restitution and indemnification claims against Germany and Austria. The URO has served over 250,000 clients. At its most expansive, the URO maintained 29 offices in 15 countries around the world.

References

"United Restitution Organization." Encyclopedic Dictionary of Judaica. Wigoder, Geoffrey, ed. New York; Paris: Leon Amiel, 1974. p. 609.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains records of the New York office of the United Restitution Organization (URO). Materials include newsletters, reports, copies of laws concerning restitution, notes on the interpretation of these laws, limited correspondence, and a few clippings. While the collection spans the period from 1950 to 1988, there are significant gaps in the records.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged by document type. Folders were placed in chronological order.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Access Information

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Request" button.

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Access Points

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Related Material

The LBI Archives holds a large collection of case files from the United Restitution Organization, AR 25088. This collection has some restrictions on access.

The LBI Library holds a copy of Norman Bentwich's The United Restitution Organisation, 1948-1968.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum holds several collections related to the URO. The Hoover Institution Archives also holds a collection of records from the URO: United Restitution Organization miscellaneous records, 1957-1967.

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Separated Material

This collection was previously part of a larger collection of materials donated by the New York office of the URO, AR 25088. Because this larger collection contains extensive case files with access restrictions, the records related to URO as an organization were separated into this discrete collection and made accessible to the public.

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Digitization Note

This collection was digitized and made accessible in its entirety.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); United Restitution Organization New York Office Collection; AR 25089; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Processing Information

Materials were placed in acid-free archival folders where necessary. A spacer was added to the box.

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Container List

 

United Restitution Organization New York Office Collection, 1950-1988

In German and English.
0.25 linear feet (4 folders).
Arrangement:

The collection is arranged by document type. Folders were placed in chronological order.

Scope and Content:

This collection contains records of the New York office of the United Restitution Organization (URO). Materials include newsletters, reports, copies of laws concerning restitution, notes on their interpretation, two copies of the limited correspondence, and a few clippings. Some of the restitution laws in folder 2 are printed as part of two included issues of the Law and Ordinance Gazette for Berlin (Gesetz and Verordnungsblatt für Berlin) from 1952 and 1954. While the collection spans the period from 1950 to 1988, there are significant gaps in the records.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 1 Restitution laws and notes on their interpretation undated, 1950-1960
1 2 Newsletters and reports 1957-1958, 1963
1 3 Correspondence 1965-1988
1 4 Clippings 1975
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