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Jewish Cultural Reconstruction (JCR)

Even before the end of the war, Jewish intellectuals and lawyers in the United States were planning the reconstruction of Jewish cultural life. This led to the founding of Jewish Cultural Reconstruction, Inc. (JCR) in 1947. The Jewish Restitution Successor Organization (JRSO) was founded as the legal successor for heirless Jewish assets.

Beginning in 1949, the JCR functioned as the agent of the JRSO for cultural assets. It searched out art and other heirless cultural as¬sets and arranged for them to go to Jewish organizations, particularly in the United States and Israel.


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Jewish Restitution Successor Organization (JRSO)

The Jewish Restitution Successor Organization (JRSO) was founded as the legal successor for heirless Jewish assets and was authorized by the American Military Government in 1948. Similar organizations existed in the other western zones of occupation.


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