Students Learn Carpentry in a Woodworking Shop in Jaroslaw, Poland


This photograph shows students and teachers in a carpentry course in Jaroslaw in 1922, one of many post-World War I vocational training programs in Poland set up in response to economic hardship. The classes were run by the Organization for Rehablitation through Training (ORT) and sponsored by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). The JDC was established by American Jewish groups at the start of World War I to help destitute Jews in Europe and Palestine. Since 1914, the JDC has provided food, clothing, medicine, child care, job training, and refugee assistance in over 90 countries. 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