In 1939, Finland was in dire need. The Soviet Union had attacked the eastern border with the intention of conquering the country in 12 days. The Finns resisted, but lacked the industry and size to stay in the fight. Civilians were being bombed and slowly beginning to starve.
Enter Herbert Hoover. He had been active after the First World War trying getting food aid to Belgium and other small nations in famine. In this online exhibit, we will show the documents and artifacts concerning Hoover’s Finland Aid efforts and give background information on the little-known story of American compassion and international goodwill.