Finnish Relief Fund

Finnish Relief Fund was an organization that used the infrastructure from Former President Hoover’s earlier humanitarian ventures to funnel funds, food, clothes and other civilian needs during the Winter War. As a young stalwart democracy in the face of totalitarian invasion, the Finnish underdog story captured the imagination of America. Inspired by his time in Finland, Herbert Hoover capitalized on public sentiment by heading the Finnish Relief Fund, an organization that provided civilian aide to the embattled Nordic nation. While the Federal Government did not pick a side in the struggle, Hoover Certainly did.

At the beginning of the war, the Soviet Union had more aircraft than the rest of the world combined as well as more tanks than the rest of the world. In contrast the Finns entire population was less than 4 million-smaller than the population of St. Petersburg, the closest Major Russian city.


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