American Relief Administration


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American Relief Administration

 

(Ara) existed between 1919—1923 and was headed by H. Hoover. Its officially stated task was to ship food and other aid to European countries that suffered during World War I (1914–1918). During the famine in the Volga region, the Soviet government allowed the ARA to operate in the RSFSR in 1921. The food products, medicine, and other goods shipped by the ARA were of some help in fighting the famine. At the same time the ruling circles of the USA tried to use it to support counterrevolutionary elements, espionage, and sabotage, to fight the revolutionary movement, and to strengthen the position of American imperialism in Europe.

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The idea for such a program originated with Herbert Hoover, the director of the American Relief Administration in post-World War I Europe.
Food Administration, the head of the Commission for Relief in Belgium, and now came to also hold the title of Director General of the American Relief Administration and became a member of the Allied Supreme Economic Council in Paris.
Herbert Hoover who is hereby appointed Director General of the American Relief Administration with full power to determine to which of the populations named in said Act the supplies shall be furnished.
none was as large and had greater impact as the one associated with Herbert Hoover's American Relief Administration.
American Relief Administration work in Poland after World War I, which Hoover directed, and which saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of Polish children is another major theme of the exhibition, as are Hoover's personal visits to Poland in 1913, 1919, 1938, and 1946.

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