Report on the ORT Activities in Switzerland, August 1946- July 1947

The attached report was submitted to the meeting of the Central Board of the World ORT Union in Paris in July 1947. Unlike reports from other countries covering this period, which usually show ORTs' activities at its height, the report from Switzerland shows ORT’s work in its final stage . The peak of ORT’s activities in Switzerland took place during the Second World War. In 1947, as the number of refugees was constantly decreasing, so was the number of its schools and the scope of its work. As a result, the focus of the report is on the future of the students. It discusses their potential work placements in Switzerland as well as emigration prospects.

Still, the 1947 report shows a very well organized, broad network of schools, organized in all major cities and refugee centres, aimed at that point mainly at DPs who were recovering in Switzerland tuberculosis.

The report underlines how ORT’s experience in Switzerland during the war was implemented in other countries in the post war period. It looks at the involvement of Swiss-trained teachers in DP camps, their participation in the development of curriculum as well as the transfer of materials and equipment from the closing down courses in Switzerland to Germany, Austria and Italy.