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Rebecca Rosenbaum Gentile Papers

Identifier: Mss 176

Scope and Contents

Researchers studying the Rebecca Rosenbaum Gentile Papers will gain insight into service in the Red Cross and the International Refugee Organization directly after World War II.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1924 - 1979


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Rebecca Rosenbaum Gentile was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1908. She received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. She later earned a Ph.D. from the School of Social Work at the University of Chicago. In 1943 Rebecca joined the American Red Cross and on August 16, 1944 joined the Overseas Service remaining in Europe until 1946. While in Europe she directed Red Cross staff in Army hospitals. In 1948 Rebecca joined the International Refugee Organization and again served in Europe developing and carrying out a casework and counseling program for war refugees in the British Zone of Germany. In her later years she followed her husband, Dr. Adrian George Gentile (1926-2009), and moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he was employed as an entomologist with the Committable Disease Center (now the Centers for Disease Control. She passed away in 1990 in Davis, California.


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Rebecca Rosenbaum Gentile served with the Red Cross and the International Refugee Organization following World War II. The collection consists of journals kept by Rebecca Rosenbaum while serving with the Red Cross and with the International Refugee Organization; correspondence and records generated by her work with the above two agencies; school papers, travel documents and certificates. Of special interest is the invitation to the dedication of the first Sefer Torah in liberated Europe, 1944. The journal kept by Rebecca Rosenbaum while with International Refugee Organization describes lives and the plights of displaced persons in post war Europe.


The papers are arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Rebecca Rosenbaum Gentile Papers, Mss 176
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Repository Details

Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

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Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States