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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Dates:  1924-1979

Creator:  Rebecca Rosenbaum Gentile

Summary/Abstract:  Rebecca Rosenbaum Gentile served with the Red Cross and the International Refugee Organization following World War II. The collection consists of journals kept by Rebecca Rosenbaum while serving with the Red Cross and with the International Refugee Organization; correspondence and records generated by her work with the above two agencies; school papers, travel documents and certificates.  Of special interest is the invitation to the dedication of the first Sefer Torah in liberated Europe, 1944.  The journal kept by Rebecca Rosenbaum while with International Refugee Organization describes lives and the plights of displaced persons in post war Europe.

Quantity/Physical Description: 1 linear foot

Language(s):  English

Repository:  The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Restrictions on Access:  There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Restrictions on Use:  Copyright restrictions may apply.  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.  Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation:  Box #, Folder #, Mss 176, Rebecca Rosenbaum Gentile Papers, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Arrangement: The papers are arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Biographical/Historical Note:  Rebecca Rosenbaum Gentile was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1908.  She received her Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts degrees from the University of Pittsburgh.  She later earned a Ph.D. from the School of Social Work at the University of Chicago.  In 1943 Rebecca joined the American Red Cross and on August 16, 1944 joined the Overseas Service remaining in Europe until 1946.  While in Europe she directed Red Cross staff in Army hospitals.  In 1948 Rebecca joined the International Refugee Organization and again served in Europe developing and carrying out a casework and counseling program for war refugees in the British Zone of Germany.  In her later years she followed her husband, Adrian George Gentile, and moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he was employed as an Entomologist with the Committable Disease Center.

Scope and Content:  Researchers studying the Rebecca Rosenbaum Gentile Papers will gain insight into service in the Red Cross and the International Refugee Organization directly after World War II.

Collection Inventory

Box File Description Date
1 1 Academics – Schenley High School 1924-1964
2 Academics – School assignments, compositions 1926-1932
3 Academics – University of Pittsburgh 1928-1938
4 American Red Cross 1943-1947
5 Correspondence 1929-1979
6 Dedication of first sefer Torah in liberated Europe 1944
7 Employment records 1960-1966
8 Honors and awards 1969-1979
9 International Refugee Organization 1947-1952
10 International Refugee Organization – handbook (original order) 1950
2 1 Journal (while with the American Red Cross) 1943-1944
2 Journal (kept while with the International Refugee Organization) 1949
3 Travel documents 1952
4 Scrapbook – removed from binder – original order 1944-1946
5 Writings by servicemen 1944-1945
3 1 Scrapbook 1944-1945

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