During the Second World War groups were established to assist refugees and survivors. One such group was a society in America called Agudat Ha’admorim, the Association of Hassidic Masters. The president of this organization was Rabbi Mordechai Shlomo Friedman of Boyan (1890-1971), a scion of the regal Ruzhin dynasty. Va’ad Ha’ezra, the Committee for Assistance, was one of the branches of this Agudat Ha’admorim. One the initiatives of Va’ad Ha’ezra was to write a Torah scroll in memory of the six million Jews who had been murdered in the Holocaust.