Katharine Engel helped the massive wave of European Jewish émigrés after WWII resettle and adjust to life in the US. Engel graduated Smith College in 1920 and did graduate work at Oxford before marrying Irving M. Engel, a human rights lawyer, in 1926. In 1946 Katharine Engel led four different organizations, serving as chair of the National Committee on Service to Foreign Born, chair of United Service for New Americans, director of United Jewish Appeal, and vice president of the National Council of Jewish Women. She served as NCJW’s national president from 1949–1955 and as regional president of the New York section from 1955 until her death in 1957. Engel’s expertise made her an influential policy advisor for various governmental organizations in the 1950s on issues of immigration reform, with appointments to the Women’s Advisory Committee on Defense Manpower, the National Committee on Immigration Policy, and the New York State Committee on Refugees.
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