Vaad Hatzalah & WWII Rescue Efforts; American Rescue & Relief Efforts
Rabbi Jacob Lustig Collection, Kneseth Israel Congregation Collection
Rabbi Jacob Karlinsky was the Executive Secretary of the Vaad Hatzala. During the years 1940-1941, the Vaad raised funds for the passage of refugees granted transit visas to Japan. The Vaad also lobbied to procure visas for rabbis and students in Lithuania to enter the United States. After the Jewish refugees in Japan were transferred to Shanghai, the Vaad Hatzala sent funds and supplies to support the newly established community, while petitioning the governments of the United States, Poland, and Spain, among others, to intervene on their behalf and aid in their emigration.