Tom Griffin has a lovely piece up at Spinwatch on the origins and development of Miliband D’s new fiefdom, the International Rescue Committee. It's part leftist trainspotting, part Cold War history:
In his letter to South Shields Labour Party, Miliband wrote that the IRC "was founded at the suggestion of Albert Einstein in the 1930s for those fleeing the Nazis". In fact the full story is a little more involved. The IRC's earliest incarnation, the International Relief Association (IRA), was founded in 1931, not in the United States but in Germany by two left-wing factions, the Communist Party Opposition (KPO) and the Socialist Workers Party (SAP) to aid victims of state repression. After the Nazis took power in 1933, the organisation moved its headquarters to Paris (Chester, p.7).
The KPO consisted of members of the right opposition, purged by Stalin in 1929 because of their support for Nikolai Bukharin, as opposed to the left opposition of Leon Trotsky. Among those purged was Jay Lovestone, the erstwhile head of the American Communist Party. It was Lovestone who formed an American section of the International Relief Association in 1933. His intention was mainly to aid his Right Opposition comrades, but in classic Comintern style, he ensured the board consisted mainly of progressive luminaries who could attract much wider support. Einstein was one of these.
Given that Miliband is the symbol of the Blairite Right Opposition, his current post is historically quite a neat fit. Anyway, International Rescue morphed into kind of humanitarian satellite of US postwar policy and from there to being a sort of excellently connected NQNGO, a not quite non-governmental organization. Global Dashboard notes that he’s well positioned there for a senior UN job.