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2019-07-11 06:28 | Symposium, Post WWI Relief Aid in Austria and Central Europe, Sept. 26-27, 2019, Vienna


Under the Auspices of the

Federal President of the Republic of Austria


Post World War I Aid in Austria and Central Europe



This year, 2019, marks a hundred years since the end of World War I, which devastated Austria and other Central European countries. Austria in particular suffered from the lack of food and fuel leading to widespread child malnutrition. 78% of all Austrian children under 15, and 92% of those in Vienna, were affected. The American Relief Administration provided on average 300,000 hot meals a day to school children over a period of several years. Over 200,000 children were sent to Switzerland, the Netherlands and Scandinavia to escape the famine in Austria. Yet these, as well as a multitude of other international aid efforts from this period, have almost completely disappeared from the collective Austrian consciousness, despite the fact that there are an estimated one million descendants of children who benefited from this relief program.


The Pre-Program can be found here.

We would kindly ask you to respond by July 30, 2019 (RSVP form).



Jointly organized by:

The American Austrian Foundation (AAF)

Austrian Academy of Sciences

Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation

with additional funding from

the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies

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