UNRRA personnel being briefed at the UNRRA Mobilization and Training Centre at Granville in France, 1946. Between 1943 and 1946, UNRRA recruited more than 10,000 highly specialised staff from at least 43 nations. These employees took an oath to adhere to the ideal of international service and agreed to abstain from any act of discrimination on account of race, nationality, creed, or political belief.
UNRRA personnel help rebuild a town in Italy, August 1946. Among difficulties faced by inhabitants is water shortage, as only a trickle of water arrives at the fountain. The lines of cans mark the owner’s places as they wait for their turn. UNRRA helped restore the town aqueduct which was destroyed during the fighting.
New York Times article, 23 June 1947, describes the financial woes of the International Refugees Organization (IRO) at its inception as it prepares to take over the role of UNRRA in June 1947. Although funding has been pledged by Member States to support the IRO’s work, millions of dollars are needed immediately to continue providing food and shelter for refugees in Europe.
United Nations cable 25 June 1947 which confirms that emergency funding will be provided to the International Refugees Organization (IRO) through a temporary loan to continue the work of UNRRA. At this point, IRO status had not been ratified by the required fifteen Member States and therefore had not received the necessary financial contributions.
Harry Saunders was a British Director of Training for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA).
The Archives and Records Management Section received it in the 1960s. It contains scrapbooks, photographs and interviews with displaced persons, diaries and training materials for UNRRA staff working with refugees in Europe.