The year? 1921. Led by: Herbert Hoover, the man latter branded as the creator of America’s Great Depression, and vilified as a man who could do nothing.
This information comes from a documentary, an episode of “American Experience”, titled “The Great Famine”. Not America’s, Russia’s.
Hoover reportedly read a news story describing the famine in Russia. He sort and recruited several hundred Americans who formed the backbone of what became the American Relief Administration (ARA) – latter infiltrated by Vladimir Lenin’s henchmen in an effort, unsuccessful as it turned out, to discredit the program that was about to save millions of their ‘subjects’ with corn and wheat. Apparently Hoover was an accomplished logistical expert, successfully feeding millions of starving Belgian’s during WWI due to a German occupation.
Hoover used his skills to organize the ARA, publicize in America the famine and disaster in Russia, resulting in Congress approving $20,000,000 in relief. At the time, there were large stocks of grain and corn going to waste in America.
A fellow by the name of Bell headed one of a dozen or so relief districts in Russia, all bigger than most countries, this one largely populated by Muslim’s. Bell saved millions of people, literally, and they treated him as a savior, supporter and in effect superman.
At one point in the relief effort the railroad workers in Russia halted the distribution of the corn and I think it was Bell who wrote an un-encoded letter to Hoover, knowing it would land on Lenin’s desk, urging Hoover to stop the shipments of corn if the Russian’s would not get the trains moving. The stratagem worked and the food deliveries began in earnest.
In order to make things happen quickly, Lenin appointed the most feared man in Russia, a person who earlier in his career headed Lenin’s version of the Gestapo, as head of the Russian Railroads. The workers got the point and went immediately back to work.
The relief story is the one that counts, but the part dealing with the saving of millions of Muslim people is a fact lost on the Middle Eastern henchmen now terrorizing their own people. Too bad.
The documentary is only an hour long and available on Netflix; presumably other sources too. It is: “American Experience: The Great Famine“. Watch it and pay it forward. Maybe send it to the White House and Congress to show them the benefits of past American humanitarian efforts that succeeded.
Oh, there was a fight in Congress back then, not unusual, with some arguing that the ARA, American Relief Administration, would support a government, the Communists, that was even then trying to make trouble in America. But, the Congress acted quickly.