Reports, correspondence, descriptive accounts, and meeting minutes relating to work conducted by the Friends' War Victims'
Relief Committee during World War I and in its aftermath. Includes documentation of Quaker relief and rebuilding efforts
in France, Germany, Austria, Holland, Hungary, and Poland.
The Friends' War Victims' Relief Committee was originally established by the London Yearly Meeting in 1870 to assist civilian
towns damaged by the Franco-Prussian War. This Quaker relief effort is particularly notable because it established a policy
of no discrimination between the sides in war. Prior to World War I, War Victims' Relief Committees were revived in Eastern
Europe (1876) and in the Balkans (1912). As World War I broke out, the War Victims' Relief Committee was reestablished to
undertake relief work and post-war reconstruction. The work began in the Marne district of France and expanded to include
the Netherlands, Russia, Germany, Austria, and Poland. Following America's entry into the war, the American Friends Service
Committee became involved with the War Victims' Relief Committee as well. The relief work of the Friends War Victims' Relief
Committee was cited by Gunnar Jahn, Chairman of the Nobel Committee, as he gave the presentation speech for the 1947 Nobel
Peace Prize to the Friends Service Council and the American Friends Service Committee.
2 manuscript boxes
(0.8 linear feet)
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