The UK Bible Students
Sidney Brooks On U.S.
Aid To Germany: 1918-1920
Sidney Brooks, America
and Germany: 1918-1925 (New York:
The Macmillan Company;
1925), pp. 142, 143.
countries of Central and Eastern Europe after the war, not including Germany,
there were estimated to be over 20,000,000 war orphans.
of thousands more were refugees from Russia or other waifs astray in the general
chaos of these territories that had been shut off from food supplies for over
supervision and with a Congressional appropriation of $100,000,000, the American
Relief Administration [A.R.A.] came into being at the Armistice to furnish moral
support and food supplies so these children could be brought back to normal
time of the Armistice, Americans were carrying the burden of feeding 1,800,000
children in Belgium and northern France. . . .
‘During these years
children were fed and clothing furnished by or through the A.R.A. to children in
Finland, Esthonia, a portion of non-Bolshevist Russia, Latvia, Lithuania,
Danzig, Germany, Poland, Czecho-Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Roumania,
Yugo-Slavia and Armenia. Besides the essential good worked by this great
humanitarian effort it laid a foundation of sentiment for humane ideals, and for
America, in every country in which it operated.
It is now an enormous,
latent source of sentiment which, though it may lie dormant for years, will
sometime, in moments of stress, be the most powerful influence for amicable