The German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact from August 23, 1939 led to Soviet dominance over the Baltic region. Lithuania was one of the countries that accepted Jewish refugees from Poland and other countries after the beginning of the Second World War. Especially Vilnius became a city of refuge in which a network of self-help quickly developed. The Jewish Joint Distribution Committee supported refugees with the help of local organizations. The photos kept in the Joint Archive account to how diverse this support network was: While people pinned requests and offers for plumbing services and food stamps on a door converted to a bulletin board, refugees could use the community rooms of the TOZ and Refugee Relief Committee to read and for social gatherings.
Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Archives
Photo 1, Luggage: NY_06674_da1, ID 17590
Photo 2, Bulletin board: NY_00231_da1
Photo 3, Newspaper: NY_00313_da1
Photo 4, Community room: NY_00303_da1, ID 11339
Photo 5, Club room: NY_00310_da1