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United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA)/Germany Mission: United States Zone (Pasing) Department of Finance and Administration

Series consists of correspondence, incoming and outgoing cables, minutes of meetings and conferences, notes of staff meetings, pay-books, budget control book, travel orders, forms, receipts, progress reports, etc. Subjects include but are not limited to the following: finance and administration; medica; military; personnel; security; voluntary agencies; education and recreation of displaced persons; rehabilitation; UNRRA employees; transportation; clothing; vehicles; etc.


United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA)/Germany Mission: United States (U.S.) Zone (Pasing), Office of the Director

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, cables, meeting minutes and agendas relating to meetings and conferences, instructions, policy and procedures, notes of the week, press releases, district circular letters, periodic reports containing narrative and statistics, team reports, questionnaires, surveys, samples of school textbooks and pamphlets printed by UNRRA, news clippings and organizational charts relating to the administration and operations of the U.S. Zone. Subjects include but are not limited to the following: administrative matters; the British and French zones; displaced persons: education, health, nationality, employment, Jewish problems and affairs, repatriation, tracing, welfare, child search, screening, etc.; camps and teams; legal matters; personnel matters; military government and directives; public information; security; and supplies and transport.


The Secretariat consisted of a small staff, headed by a Deputy Director-General, whose principal function was to service the UNRRA Council and its committees. It was responsible for arranging and preparing for Council sessions and committee meetings; for providing technical and secretarial services, including drafting, reproduction, translation, and distribution of documents; and for maintaining official membership lists and records and documents of the Council and the committees.
The Secretariat was also intended originally to serve as a general intelligence, liaison and reporting staff for the Director-General, but most of these functions, except for the compilation of the Director-General's reports to the Central Committee, were taken over by other offices of UNRRA.
The Secretariat was abolished effective 15 October 1947 (HQ Adm. Order 103, Supp. 12), its remaining functions being transferred to the Office of the Chief Executive Officer and (documents work) to the Records Section of the Bureau of Administration.

French Zone - Repatriation Division

United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA)/Germany Mission: French Zone (Haslach), Department of Field Operations, Repatriation Division

Series consists of repatriation statistics, administrative orders, general and welfare bulletins, monthly reports of the Central Tracing Bureau, displaced person publications, lists of repatriated and yet-to-be repatriated persons, personnel materials (including lists, statistics and transfers), issues of 'Repatriation News,' agendas and reports for the Relief Services Conference (London, 21-24/5/1946), copies of the European Regional Office's publication 'Notes of the Week,' correspondence, and memoranda. Subjects include repatriation in groups and by country; movement of displaced persons and emigration; food rations; train schedules; demands for visas; and leisure time activities. Correspondents include Lieut.-General F. E. Morgan, Chief of Operations, Germany; General F. Lenclud, Director, French Zone; M. Zablonski, District Repatriement Officer; E. P. Moreland, District Director, Southern French Zone; B. Roberts, Chief Welfare Officer; and Rhea Radin, Acting Chief, Displaced Persons Operations.


The Welfare Divisions of UNRRA was organized in Feb. 1944. Its internal organization at this time consisted of an Administrative Branch and a Research and Planning Branch. At the same time there was established a Displaced Persons Division.
On 3 May 1945, the functional Divisions of Welfare, Health and Displaced Persons, originally responsible directly to the Director General, were transferred to the Bureau of Services. At the same time the functions of the Camps Division of the Bureau of Areas were transferred to the Displaced Persons Division and the Welfare Division in ERO was abolished. On 13 April 1946, the Welfare Division merged with the Displaced Persons Division to form the Division of Repatriation and Welfare, which included 3 branches: the Reports and Records Branch, the Program Planning Branch, and the Operations Branch. Myer Cohen became the Director of this newly formed Division. In Sept. 1946 the Division was shorn of its welfare functions and became the Division of Repatriation; in Dec. 1946 it was merged with the Bureau of Services.
At various times, the welfare and displaced persons functions included the following:
Provided the basic necessities of life during emergency periods, including temporary mass feeding, temporary shelter, and direct distribution of supplies.
Ensured simple and fair procedures for determining which individuals and families were entitled to receive free supplies and services; ensured that the methods of distribution provided ready access to the supplies and services for all those who were entitled to receive them.
Organized special relief and rehabilitational services for individuals, families or groups who required particular types of assistance. Such services included day nurseries, foster home placement, institutional care and services, individual or family counseling, occupational training etc.
Reviewed requests for and made recommendations concerning supplies, equipment, and other facilities needed to carry out the functions listed above.
Coordinated and regulated the activities of voluntary organizations interested in carrying out relief and rehabilitation programs overseas, in so far as these responsibilities had been delegated to the Administration by member governments.
Reviewed camp management operations and provided technical advice on the management of camps; determined supply requirements of camps and policies affecting camps.
Arranged for the identification and registration of displaced persons, and for their care and repatriation or return to place of former residence.