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Refuge: Stories of the Selfhelp Home

Refuge: Stories of the Selfhelp Home

In the late 1930s a group of German-Jewish refugees left behind well-established lives and and immigrated to Chicago. There, they set out to create a supportive community for themselves and other Jews fleeing Nazi persecution. Eventually, they founded Selfhelp, an organization providing temporary housing, food, English classes, job placement and, in 1950, a residential home for elderly emigres and Holocaust survivors. [58 minutes] TV-PG Closed Captioning

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Program Description: In the late 1930s a group of German-Jewish refugees left behind well-established lives and and immigrated to Chicago. There, they set out to create a supportive community for themselves and other Jews fleeing Nazi persecution. Eventually, they founded Selfhelp, an organization providing temporary housing, food, English classes, job placement and, in 1950, a residential home for elderly emigres and Holocaust survivors.

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