International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Einstein and the IRC's beginnings, 80 years ago

Eighty years ago today, The New York Times reported on the formation of an organization that would grow to become the International Rescue Committee (IRC).
An American branch of the European-based International Relief Association was founded in 1933 at the suggestion of German-born physicist Albert Einstein to assist those suffering under Hitler. 
Eight decades later, the IRC continues to respond to the world’s worst humanitarian crises. We work in over 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, helping millions of people to survive and rebuild their lives. 
"Although the IRC today is vastly larger and more complex than it was at the beginning," says IRC president George Rupp, "we are still motivated by the same concern that led to our founding: a commitment to fellow human beings who are suffering as the result of persecution, war, or civil conflict."

NYT mastehead

Monday, July 24, 1933
American Branch Formed to Aid Work Headed by Einstein.
At the request of the International Relief Association, headed by Albert Einstein, an American committee has been formed to assist Germans suffering from the policies of the Hitler regime.
Funds are being solicited to send to Mayor Charles Hueber of Strassbourg, in Alsace, France, who is treasurer of the European organization of the International Relief Association. The headquarters of the American Committee, of which Amos Pinchot is chairman, is at 11 West 42nd Street.
The association has been in existence for the last two years. It aids victims of civil oppression in many lands without reference to religious or political faith.
An emergency session here of the national executive committee of the American Jewish Congress was summoned yesterday for Aug. 6 by Dr. Joseph Tenenbaum, its chairman, to formulate a coordinated plan of action on behalf of the Jews of Germany.

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