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Call No.: HUD 3421
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Harvard Committee to Aid German Student Refugees
Title: Records of the Harvard Committee to Aid German Student Refugees, 1938-1940, 1989-1991.
Date(s): 1938-1940, 1989-1991.
Quantity: .35 cubic feet (15 folders (1 document box))
Abstract: The Harvard Committee to Aid German Student Refugees was established in November 1938 by Harvard students to aid Jewish students suffering from Nazi persecution in Germany. The records are organized in three series: General information, Fiftieth anniversary material from Irving London, History of the Committee written by Robert E. Lane and source material.
- Records of the Associate Dean of Harvard College in Charge of Alumni Placement and Student Employment, 1934-1992, Refugee Scholarship Records, 1936-1942 (UAIII 5.76). Includes some administrative and financial records of the Harvard Committee to Aid German Student Refugees.
- Tully, William. Harvard's Nazi Refugee Program: A Means to Achieve Meritocracy, January 14, 2005, (HUA 938.88).
- Search HOLLIS, Harvard's online library system, for related materials held both in the University Archives and other Harvard libraries.
- Sonnert, Gerhard and Gerald Holton. "The Grand Wake for Harvard Indifference: How Harvard and Radcliffe students aided young refugees from the Nazis." Harvard Magazine (September-October 2006) : 50-55.
The Harvard Committee to Aid German Student Refugees was established in November 1938 to aid Jewish students suffering from Nazi persecution in Germany. The purpose of the Committee was to help secure scholarships for student refugees and to help "relieve the intolerable condition in which persons of religious belief, of races, or of opinions which vary with those favored by the Nazi government now find themselves."The Harvard Corporation responded to an appeal from the Committee by agreeing to pay for twenty scholarships of $500 each for "qualified refugee students of any creed from Germany." The offer was made with the provision that the Committee pay the living expenses for each student refugee. Scholarships were limited to upperclassmen and graduate school students. The Committee raised funds through a campaign aimed at fellow students, faculty, staff members, and alumni. The Corporation accepted $5000 from the Elizabeth Glendower Evans Fund to meet its own obligation. A faculty committee was organized to select scholarship recipients. By 1942, when the program ended, 14 student refugees from Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia had come to Harvard to study.In June 1990, eight former scholarship recipients and three members of the Committee gathered to recognize and celebrate the activities of the Committee. A commemorative linden tree was planted near Boylston Hall in Harvard Yard and a plaque was embedded in the ground beneath the tree honoring the faculty, staff, and alumni whose generosity "opened doors to Student Refugees from Nazi Persecution."
The records document the origins, objectives, and activities of the Harvard Committee to Aid German Student Refugees. The records contain forms, pledge cards, pamphlets, telegrams, letters, historical sketches, curriculum vitae, reports, news clippings, and photographs.
This document last updated 2016 March 31.