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Gregor Sebba papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: University of West Georgia
Creator: Sebba, Gregor
Title: Gregor Sebba papers
Dates: 1947-1953
Quantity: 6.93 Linear feet (7 boxes)
Abstract:These papers pertain to Dr. Gregor Sebba’s "Displaced Persons in Georgia" survey published by the University of Georgia in 1955 to document relocation efforts for European refugees in the state of Georgia. The papers include correspondence; minutes of the Georgia Displaced Persons Committee; case histories, surveys, and interviews regarding displaced persons who settled on Georgia farms; printed material on displaced persons, emigration, social integration, U.S. policies on displaced persons; and surveys on displaced persons in other states. Correspondents include Tom Linder, J.C. Horton, the Lutheran Resettlement Service in New York, the Atlanta Federation for Jewish Social Services, and the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Also included are 11 Sound Scriber stenographer records with interviews with displaced persons and books from Dr. Sebba’s personal collection.
Identification: MS-0051

Biographical/Historical Note

Gregor Sebba (1905-1985) was born in Libau, Latvia to Jewish parents. During his childhood his family moved first to South Tyrol, Austria and then to Linz, Austria during his childhood. Sebba attended the University of Vienna, and then the University of Innsbruck where he completed doctoral degrees in Political Science (specializing in economics) and Civil and Canon Law. Following completion of these degrees, he re-enrolled at the University of Vienna to study Statistics and took the position of research assistant for the Institute of Minority Statistics. He was unable to complete a Statistics degree due to the discontinuation of funding for his program by the Austrian government. After ending his formal education, Sebba entered the advertising business in Austria where he worked as a research director for the Aquila Advertising Agency in Vienna. While working in the advertising business, he additionally served as editor for the economic journal Wirkschaftliche Rundschau as well as the founder of the informal research group Österreichische Soziologische Arbeitsgemeinschaft, which was dedicated to the study of contemporary ideological and sociological issues. Sebba was arrested for his political beliefs by Nazi party officials on March 16, 1938; after a short internment by the Gestapo he was released. Following the outbreak of World War II, he fled to England. While in England, he met his future wife Helen Margaret Townsend; Gregor and Helen married in 1940. Sebba served in the British and American armed forces. Early in the war before the United States’ involvement, he was recruited into the Office of Strategic Services, where his duties included parachuting behind enemy lines and providing German uniforms to the Allies. He came to the United States on July 15, 1940 and became an American citizen in 1943. He was one of the founders of Austrian Action, an organization which permitted Austrian emigrants to serve with Americans in the war. Sebba was a professor of Economics and Statistics at the University of Georgia from 1947-1959. While at UGA, he conducted a survey on the economic and social situation of displaced persons in Georgia. This survey began as a thesis project of one of his graduate students, but grew into a larger project conducted by the UGA College of Business. A report was published in 1954. Sebba was hired away from UGA by Emory University where he was employed from 1959-1973 by the Emory Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts. Following his retirement in 1973, Sebba left Atlanta to teach for one additional year at the University of Florida. Sebba died of kidney disease on April 15, 1985 in Atlanta. Sebba’s published works include Bibliographia Cartesiana, which traces criticism of the works of Rene Descartes. Other works by Sebba include studies of Goethe, Nietzsche, and Voegelin, as well as articles published in the Atlanta Journal.


Scope and Content Note

This collection contains Gregor Sebba’s research materials on displaced persons in Georgia after World War II. Sebba conducted this research from 1951-1952. Displaced persons were individuals or families who were persecuted by Nazi governments during World War II and were unwilling or unable to return to their pre-war homes. The Displaced Persons Act of 1948 passed by the United States allowed for admission of limited numbers of displaced persons to enter the U.S. for permanent residence. Sebba’s research focused on the 1,252 displaced persons that were settled in Georgia. The papers include correspondence; minutes of the Georgia Displaced Persons Committee; case histories, surveys, and interviews regarding displaced persons who settled on Georgia farms; printed material on displaced persons, emigration, social integration, U.S. policies on displaced persons; and surveys on displaced persons in other states. Correspondents include Tom Linder, J.C. Horton, the Lutheran Resettlement Service in New York, the Atlanta Federation for Jewish Social Service, and the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Also included are 11 Sound Scriber stenographer records with interviews with displaced persons, and government publications from Sebba’s personal collection.


Arrangement

Organized in two series: 1. Papers; 2. Government Publications.


Index Terms

Atlanta Federation for Jewish Social Services. -- Correspondence
Georgia Displaced Person Committee.
Georgia--Emigration and immigration--History--20th century
National Lutheran Council. Lutheran Resettlement Service. -- Correspondence
Savannah Jewish Council. -- Correspondence
Sebba, Gregor -- Displaced persons in Georgia
United States--Emigration and immigration--Government policy
World War, 1939-1945--Refugees--Biography
World War, 1939-1945--Refugees--Sources
World War, 1939-1945--Refugees--United States

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Gregor Sebba papers. Annie Belle Weaver Special Collections, Irvine Sullivan Ingram Library, University of West Georgia.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated by Helen Sebba, 1995.

Sponsorship


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access note

No restrictions; collection is open for research.


Related Material

38 hardcover and 24 softcover books were separated for cataloging. These books can be located in GIL catalog by searching Gregor Sebba as added author. Government publications were retained with the collection and can be found in Series II.


Container List

 
Donancic, Zlatan
Dzirkalis, Marta L.
Freeman, Leon
Liepins, Milda
Mercun, F. A.
Sarma, Adolf
Steinhards, A.
Voljavec, Bozidar F.

Series I.: Papers

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11Audio recordings, nd, 11.0 discs , Sound Scriber discs



Case histories

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12Physicians, n.d.
Information about displaced persons who were physicians placed for employment at Milledgeville State Hospital. Physician names include
Donancic, Zlatan
Dzirkalis, Marta L.
Freeman, Leon
Liepins, Milda
Mercun, F. A.
Sarma, Adolf
Steinhards, A.
Voljavec, Bozidar F.
3Interview guide and techniques, n.d.
4Lipshitz personal correspondecne with displaced persons, n.d.
5Lipshitz professional and non-farm placements, n.d.
6Out-of-state replies to questionnaire, n.d.
7Reports of county agents, n.d.
8Used in Part III, n.d.



Georgia State Commission for Resettlement

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19-11Correspondence, n.d.
12Statistics, n.d.
13Illustrative materials, charts, pictures, etc., n.d.



Individual Resettlements

File names are arranged alphabetically by last name, followed by, when available, the first name of the head of household. Files often include information about spouse and children.

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114 Alksnis, Jekabs, n.d.
15 Andersons, Augusts, n.d.
16 Becker, Albert, n.d.
17 Blumenfeld, Edward, n.d.
18 Burge, Chester A. (sponsor), n.d.
19 Dubnik, Nicholas, n.d.
20 Dumpis, T., n.d.
21 Freeman, Leon, n.d.
22 Friedlander, George, n.d.
23 Golcman, Joseph, n.d.
24 Kaiser, Josef, n.d.
25 Kalins, Anthonys and Lieljuris family, n.d.
26 Kimbrough, John [St. Regis Paper Co.], n.d.

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21 Klug, Mendel, n.d.
2 Knapitsch, Rudolph, n.d.
3 Kochan, Bronislaw, n.d.
4 Kozlovskis, Bronislavs, n.d.
5 Kozlovskis, Bronislava, n.d.
6 Kranatz, Julys, n.d.
7 Lieljuris, Francicis, n.d.
8 Liepins, Milda, n.d.
9 MeLamed, Khaim, n.d.
10 Mercun, F.A., n.d.
11 Orbinski, Henryk, n.d.
12 Petz, Edmund, n.d.
13 Pirkals, n.d.
14 Popielak, Jozef, n.d.
15 Poschner, Martin, n.d.
16 Pak, D.P., n.d.
17 Reimann, Alfred, n.d.
18 Reimann, Otto, n.d.
19 Renner, Hans, n.d.
20 Repsa, Stanislavis, n.d.
21 Rosh, Isaac, n.d.
22 Saldaus, n.d.
23 Schonthal, Joseph, n.d.
24 Seidel, Herbert, n.d.
25 Snickeronis, n.d.
26 Stegmanis, Kristaps, n.d.
27 Steinhards, Aleksanders, n.d.
28 Stelmacher, Karlis, n.d.
29 Vild, Frank, n.d.
30 Weber, n.d.
31 Weber, Robert, n.d.
32 Weinberg, Gordal, n.d.
33 Widowski, Juda, n.d.
34 Wise, Isaac, n.d.
35 Ziedonis, Margeris, n.d.
36 Zosulis, n.d.
37 Linder, Tom (Commissioner of Agriculture), n.d.
38Minutes of the Georgia Displaced Persons Committee, 1951-1952
File includes arrival lists of displaced persons.

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31Miscellaneous press clippings, n.d.
2Publication of displaced persons in Georgia progress reports, n.d.
3Reference material - displaced persons social integration, n.d.
4 Report of the Committee of Experts on the Problem of Refugees and Surplus Population. , Report of the Committee of Experts on the Problem of Refugees and Surplus Population, n.d.



Resettlement Agencies

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35Addresses of important agencies and individuals, n.d.
6 Atlanta Federation for Jewish Social Services, n.d.
Includes correspondence with Savannah Jewish Council.
7Ethnic Germans, n.d.
8 Lutheran Resettlement Service, n.d.
9 Lutheran Resettlement Service - correspondence with Cordelia Cox, n.d.
10 Lutheran Resettlement Service - correspondence with Rev. H.D. Kleckley, n.d.
11 National Catholic Welfare Conference on war relief service, n.d.

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41Orphans, n.d.
2Requests for Info to Other Resettelment Agencies, n.d.
3Typical Requests for Labor, n.d.
4United Services for New Americans, n.d.
5Response to a Single Ad in the Market Bulletin, n.d.
6Responses to Displaced Persons in Georiga Report, n.d.



Displaced Persons Survey in Other States or Locations

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47Arkansas, n.d.
8Britain, n.d.
9California, n.d.
10Illinois, n.d.
11Indiana, n.d.
12Iowa, n.d.
13Kansas, n.d.
14Kentucky, n.d.
15Lousiana, n.d.
16Maine, n.d.
17Maryland, n.d.
18Massachusetts, n.d.
19Minnesota, n.d.
20New Hampshire, n.d.
21New Jersey, n.d.
22New York, n.d.
23North Carolina, n.d.
24Oklahoma, n.d.

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51Pennsylvania, n.d.
2Rhode Island, n.d.
3Sebba to Other Committees, n.d.
4South Dakota, n.d.
5Tennessee, n.d.
6Texas, n.d.
7Vermont, n.d.
8Virginia, n.d.
9Washington, n.d.
10Wisconsin, n.d.
11Wyoming, n.d.
12U.S. Immigration Law and Legislation, n.d.
 

Series II.: Government Publications

The publications in this series, all published by the United States Government Printing Office, were owned by Sebba, and his name is written on the covers. Many of the publications contain bookmarks, underlined text, notes as to pages relating to particular subjects, and other signs of Sebba's close use of these publications in his scholarly work on displaced persons.

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6 Admission of 300,000 immigrants: hearings before Subcommittee No. 1, Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, Eighty-second Congress, second session, on H.R. 7376, a bill to authorize the issuance of three hundred thousand special nonquota im., 1952
Displaced Persons Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Amendments to the Displaced Persons Act of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, Eighty-first Congress, first and second sessions, on bills to amend the Displaced persons act of 1948., 1950
Displaced persons act: (Public Law 774, 80th Congress, June 25, 1948) with amendments of June 16, 1950 (Public Law 555, 81st Congress) and notes of amendments. , 1950
Displaced persons in Europe and their resettlement in the United States Report of a special subcommittee of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, pursuant to H. Res. 238., 1950
Expellees and refugees of German ethnic origin. Report of a special subcommittee of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, pursuant to H. Res. 238, a resolution to authorize the Committee on the Judiciary to undertake a study of immigration and nationality problems., xxxx
Hearings before the President's Commission on Immigration and Naturalization. , 1952
International Refugee Organization. Hearings before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, Eightieth Congress, first session, on S.J. Res. 77, a joint resolution providing for membership and participation by the United States in the International Refugee Organization and authorizing an appropriation therefor. March 1, 1947., 1947
Memo to America: the DP story; the final report of the U.S. Displaced Persons Commission, 1952
Public law 414 (Act of June 27, 1952; 66 Stat. 163) Comparative print of the texts of the Immigration and nationality act and Immigration and nationality laws existing prior to enactment of Public law 414. Printed for the use of the Committee[s] on the Judiciary., 1952
Revision of immigration, naturalization and nationality laws. Joint hearings before the subcommittees of the Committees on the Judiciary, Congress of the United States, Eighty-second Congress, first session, on S. 716, H.R. 2379 and H.R. 2816, bills to revise the laws relating to immigration, naturalization and nationality., xxxx
S. 2585: A bill to amend and revise the laws relating to immigration, naturalization, nationality, and citizenship, and for other purposes., 1953

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7 The Displaced Persons Commission : first semi-annual report to the President and the Congress, February 1, 1949., 1949
The Displaced Persons Commission : second semiannual report to the President and the Congress, August 1, 1949., 1949
The Displaced Persons Commission : fourth semiannual report to the President and the Congress, August 1, 1950, 1952
The Displaced Persons Commission : fifth semiannual report to the President and the Congress, February 1, 1951., 1952
The Displaced Persons Commission : sixth semiannual report to the President and the Congress, August 1, 1951., 1952
Whom we shall welcome : report of the President's Commission on Immigration and Naturalization., 1953