This collection contains correspondence, reports, and other ephemera from Mintzer's work
with the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) in Germany from 1945-1946. This includes letters
between Oscar A. Mintzer and his wife discussing his work with the JDC and what he saw
happening in the camps while helping displaced persons in Germany. Notably, he describes
attending the Dachau Trials in November 1945. It also contains materials relating to his
work as the executive director of the Jewish Welfare Federation of Alameda and Contra Costa
Counties; his fundraising efforts; and to his interests and activities concerning the Jewish
charities of the East Bay.
Oscar "Art" Mintzer was born in New York City. Immediately after the end of World War II,
he went to Germany with the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) that was attached to the
United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Agency to help Holocaust survivors. During his time
in Germany from 1945-1946 he was appointed Legal Aid Director in the U.S. Zone for the JDC.
In this role he provided services to protect the legal and civil rights of displaced
persons. He settled in Oakland, California in 1959, became very active in local Jewish
affairs and was made the executive director of the Jewish Welfare Federation of Alameda and
Contra Costa Counties. When he retired, he became its executive director emeritus.
6 linear feet
(2 cartons, 1 box, 2 oversize boxes, 2 volumes)
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