Herbert Hoover, Belgian Relief, World War 1914-1918, Presidents United States, Swiss Americans, Food Relief Belgium, Commission for Relief in Belgium
Herbert Hoover was an orphan, who retained great empathy for the weak and hungry his entire life. Working without pay, he organized and administered Belgian Relief starting in 1914 to get food to ten million Belgians and Frenchmen behind German lines. His efforts doubtlessly saved hundreds of thousands from starvation. This was only the starting point in his career as the "Great Humanitarian." He got food to Germany at the end of both world wars, aided Russia in their great famine, and reportedly got food to hundreds of millions of people in his lengthy career. No one has ever done as much to alleviate hunger and human suffering.
Original Publication Citation
Vol. 49, Issue 2, pp. 21-46
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Winkler, Albert, "Herbert Hoover and Belgian Relief" (2013). Faculty Publications. 1603.
Swiss American Historical Society
Harold B. Lee Library