Belgian Courage, German Brutality, and CRB Delegates
During World War I, Herbert Hoover and the Commission for Relief in Belgium (CRB) initiated, organized, and supervised the largest food and relief drive the world had ever seen. Working with Emile Francqui and the Comite National, the two groups helped save from starvation 9 million Belgians and Northern French trapped behind German lines.
Young idealistic Americans volunteered to go into German-occupied Belgium as CRB delegates to guarantee the food would not be taken by the Germans. They had to swear to be completely neutral as they watched the Belgians suffer under the harsh German regime.
This nonfiction book follows a 22-year-old Belgian woman, a Belgian priest, and a Belgian businessman — all of whom worked in the underground against the Germans — as well as a handful of CRB delegates and two U.S. diplomats.