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The Anieres Collection

At the end of the Second World War ORT was faced with a daunting task: to establish – in some countries re-establish – a global network of technically advanced, Jewish vocational schools. These schools would need to inspire young students to first take up vocational studies and later to take pride in their new skills and chosen profession. In order to achieve this, first-class teachers were needed.

Before the war most ORT teachers and instructors were trained in private apprenticeship by a master craftsman or, at best, had trained in a vocational school and then worked in the industry. Consequently, even the best ORT instructors were able to fulfil their potential only after four or five years of teaching experience. The Holocaust had depleted the workforce of Jewish craftsmen and women. The vast technical general staff of ORT was reduced to a few persons. For some trades it was impossible to find a Jewish instructor, even of average capability.