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To find the thousands of children lost in the post-war chaos and to reunite them with their families, teams from the Red Cross, the United Nations Rehabilitation and Relief Administration (UNRRA) and Jewish aid agencies combed Europe looking for "unaccompanied" or orphaned children.

Some of the orphans were gathered up in makeshift orphanages like Kloster Indersdorf or sent to DP camps. Relief organizations cooperated to gather names of survivors and distribute the lists to the various refugee camps.
Kloster Indersdorf Orphanage
Established by the United Nations Rehabilitation and Relief Administration (UNRRA) after World War II as the only international children's centre to care for orphaned or unaccompanied children. Located in a sixteenth century monastery, near Dachau, Germany.
Red Cross
International organization, founded in 1863 according to the terms of the Geneva Convention to care for wounded, sick and homeless during wartime. Its mandate later expanded to include the monitoring of humanitarian international law. The Red Cross attempted to assess conditions in prison and concentration camps during the war but was refused entry by the Nazis. After the war the Red Cross assisted in tracing survivors, in family unification and resettlement.
Refugee
Someone who flees their country of origin because of a well-founded fear of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, membership in a social or political group.
UNRRA
United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration founded in 1943 by the Allies to aid refugees in the liberated countries of Europe and the Far East. After the war, it provided relief and helped millions of displaced persons repatriate or emigrate.