Welcome to Sending Relief to Germany: Two Families Connected by CARE. This project examines the conditions of post-WWII Europe and the work of the CARE organization in providing much needed food and supplies to war-weary citizens of Germany and other European nations.
Additionally, this site incorporates the story of two families connected by CARE. The American Benjamin family sent CARE packages to the German Wagner family beginning in 1946 and continued well into the 1950s. Chester Benjamin of Coulee Dam, Washington learned German to communicate with Erna and Barbara, the recipients of the CARE packages. This site includes translated copies of letters sent by Erna and Barbara to Chester and Marie. Erna's letters reveal some of the conditions of post-war Germany and an individual family’s experience with CARE. More than sixty years after exchanging over one hundred letters the remaining family members were able to meet one another.
Read The Seattle Times story that inspired this project.