Students and Faculty Outside the Jewish Community School in Warsaw, Poland


This photograph shows a group of students and faculty standing outside the Jewish Community School of the Workmen’s Home in Warsaw, Poland, in 1921. World War I and its disruptive aftermath threatened the survival of the many religious, educational, and cultural institutions that prior to the war had made Poland one of the most important centers of Jewish scholarship, learning, and culture. In the interwar period, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), a humanitarian organization created at the start of World War I, played a vital role in restoring and helping to support Jewish schools and institutions, working in partnership with the wide spectrum of Jewish groups and ideologies: Hasidic groups, Zionists, Bundists, Yiddishists, and representatives of mainstream Orthodoxy. The photograph is from the archives of the JDC, which contain documents, photographs, film, video, oral histories, and artifacts recording the work of the organization from World War I to the present.

Last updated: March 17, 2016