Canadian Lutheran World Relief fonds

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Canadian Lutheran World Relief
Canadian Lutheran World Relief fonds
MG 28 V 120
Document source
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada
Canadian Lutheran World Relief is a humanitarian agency engaged in community development, refugee resettlement, emergency relief, basic commodity shipments, volunteer placement and alternative trade. The organization was founded in March 1946 by Lutherans in Canada who wished to respond to refugee and relief needs following the Second World War. This facilitated the sending of clothing, bedding, blankets, and food to displaced persons in Europe. Also, thousands of refugees were assisted in finding a new home in Canada. By April 1953, Canadian Lutheran World Relief, in co-operation with other church groups working through the Canadian Christian Council for Resettlement of Refugees, had brought some 30,000 immigrants from Europe to Canada, most of them German speaking. Germany and Austria began to prosper by the 1960s, curtailing the organizations’ immigration work. However, Canadian Lutheran World Relief expanded its relief work. In 1968, some 197,000 pounds of clothing were shipped to Arab refugees in the Middle East. The agency became extensively involved in relief work in Indonesia and India as well. It had also additionally been active in relief work in Hong Kong since 1952, and was serving some 20,000 hot snacks daily to children there by 1969.
The collection consists of records from Canadian Lutheran World Relief, documenting its aid activities in particular to post-World War Two Germany and its work in bringing German refugees to Canada after that war. Series includes: financial records; minutes and reports; correspondence; unpublished studies and reports; publications; clippings; miscellaneous records. Records are either not dated or come from the period between 1945 to 1978.
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