This database is an index of refugees relocated from camps in France during the Spanish Civil War and World War II by the American Friends Service Committee. Included is the name of the refugee, nationality, city, date of deportation, name of the field office, and location of the record in the original files.
About the American Friends Service Committee
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) was formed in 1917 to provide relief during World War I, in keeping with Quaker philanthropic philosophies and tenets of nonviolence. Following the war, the organization continued to serve refugees. With the start of the Spanish Civil War in 1936, their attention turned to relief for victims of that war, particularly Spanish women and children seeking refuge in southern France.
World War II brought more need to France, and the AFSC responded with new offices to assist new refugees fleeing the Nazis, as well as the families of individuals imprisoned in French camps and jails. Relief programs ranged from clothing and feeding those in need to helping relocate refugees and, later, with reconstruction efforts.
Microfilm and digital images of the records of the American Friends Service Committee are held at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and original records are housed at the American Friends Service Committee Archives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The collection pertains to the activities of American, British, and French Quakers in France. It includes correspondence, minutes, interview, reports, lists of prisoners and internees, school lists, clippings, flyers, artwork, and information on various relief and aid programs.
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