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Chaim Pozner collection

Identifier: P41

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Scope and Contents

Items in this collection include: travel documents, financial statements, expense reports, identification papers, correspondence, telegrams, speeches, flyers, inter-agency memorandums, immigration case summaries, relief administration documents, conference organization papers, news bulletins, and assorted documents related to Zionist groups. This collection of materials contains documents written in Hebrew, German, French, English, and Dutch, with the majority written in Hebrew and German.


  • Created: 1938-1949


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Biographical or Historical Information

Dr. Chaim Pozner [alternate spellings include: Chaim Pasner, Chaim Posner, Haim Pazner] was born in Poland in 1899 to a Jewish family. During his early adulthood, Pozner was active among Jewish and refugee organizations in Danzig, serving as director of the Committe of Assistance to Polish Refugees in Danzig (1920-1922), a delegate at the 12th Zionist Congress (1921), and as a leader of the Labor Zionist Movement in Danzig (1931-1937). Pozner also served as a director for the Jewish Agency in Danzig before obtaining a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Basel in 1939. Pozner remained in Switzerland, where he served as the Director of the Jewish Agency for Palestine in Geneva (1940-1948) and as a member of the Jewish Agency Finance Department. Pozner also represented the Jewish Agency as an envoy to the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. Pozner was later affiliated with the Israel Finance Ministry, the University of Geneva, the Foreign Currency Department of the Finance Ministry in Jerusalem, and the Israeli Embassy. Pozner retired from service in 1962 and passed away in 1981. [url=][1][/url] Within Holocaust scholarship, Pozner is recognized as one of the first officials to learn of the Final Solution in 1942. Pozner learned of the Nazi's extermination plans through correspondence from German economists Edgar Salin and Arthur Sommer. The majority of primary and secondary source materials related to Chaim Pozner are written in the Hebrew language and/or are housed in the Yad Vashem Archives in Israel. [url=][1] [/url]


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The Chaim Pozner Collection includes official documents relating to Dr. Pozner’s work for organizations and institutions related to Jewish culture/religion, administration of Jewish affairs and land in the Middle East, and Zionism. Much of the collection is dedicated to Dr. Pozner’s position as Director of the Jewish Agency for Palestine in Geneva, as well as his work with the Jewish Agency Finance Department. Additional agencies reflected in the collection are the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, Zionist General Council, Labor Zionist Committee for Relief and Rehabilitation, Inc., Zionist Organization for America, Jewish Agency for Palestine Welfare Delegation in Italy, Executif de l'organisation Sioniste Mondiale, European Relief Committee of Mizrachi and Hapoel Hamizrachi, Agence juive pour la Palestine Bureau de Paris, 22nd Zionist Congress, Zionistische Organisation Danzig, World-Union of Jewish Socialist Parties, Poale Zion--Hitachdouth, Z.-S.-Organisation JICHUD, Memorandum on the Administration of Palestine, and Directoraat-Generaal voor Bijzondere Rechtspleging Politieke Recherche-Afdeling Amsterdam.

Arrangement Note

Arrangement of documents is based upon institutional affiliation, subject, and language.

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