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Records of the Religious Society of Friends in Great Britain: Friends Committee for Refugees and Aliens (FCRA) 1933–1942. RG-59.027M. Selected Records from the Friends Committee for Refugees and Aliens, 1933–1954. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.
Established in 1933 as the German Emergency Committee, the Friends Committee for Refugees and Aliens (FRCA) worked to help refugees from continental Europe fleeing persecution and war. The organization founded refugee centers in Britain to house the refugees and taught them English and farming skills. They also aided emigrants leaving France and England for the U.S. and South America.
This database is an index of committee minutes and correspondence that often named refugees and described their situation.
The Religious Society of Friends, also known as Quakers, was founded by George Fox in the mid-17th century in England. Their strict moral code that placed faith above country, refusal to participate in the state church or pay tithes, and a non-violence ethic that forbade military service made them the subject of persecution. Despite this, Quakers, often called “Friends,” have made their mark in progressive social movements such as abolition, workers’ rights, women’s equality, and anti-war efforts.
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