Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Herbert Hoover and His Memoirs on the Belgian Relief

Herbert Hoover and His Memoirs on the Belgian Relief. Offers an account of President Hoover's efforts providing food to German-occupied Belgium during WWI. He may have (or not) failed as a President, but he was clearly a good human being.

From the site:

Herbert Hoover's memoirs tell us of his selfless works of charity that he preformed to save innocent human lives in German-occupied Belgium during World War I. The evidence from secondary sources will show that his story is fairly accurate and reliable. His memoirs are a good historical account and should be trusted, despite the fact that they have some inaccuracies.

The beginning of Hoover's story starts with Millard Shaler, an American who was living in Belgium when the war broke out. Shaler, according to Hoover, had bought 2,500 tons of food to give to the city of Brussels but was not allowed to do so because of the British blockade. Shaler who had brought to Hoover by Edgar Rikard, a mutual friend. Hoover wrote that he went to Walter Hines Page, the American Ambassador in London and spoke to him about the problem. Page worked with British officials to allow the food in. However, Page stated that the British would not allow any more food to be sent. The British viewed it as the responsibility of the Germans to feed the people whose land they had occupied. They were also concerned that the German Army would steal the food. Hoover, believing that the cause of helping innocent people was just and that the food could be kept away from the German Army, went to the Associated Press to get public support for the relief of Belgian, and other German-occupied lands.

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