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Council of Relief Agencies Licensed to Operate in Germany

The Council of Relief Agencies Licensed to Operate in Germany (CRALOG) was a non governmental organization created in 1946 by the American Council of Voluntary Agencies for Foreign Service and included 11 mayor relief agencies such as the International Red Cross.

Food relief shipments to Germany had been prohibited by the U.S. until December 1945, since "they might tend to negate the policy of restricting the German standard of living to the average of the surrounding European nations".

CRALOG was created after the American Council had dispatched a survey team to occupied Germany, which had reported back on the situation in February 1946. CRALOG was then designated by the Truman administration as the only channel through which aid to the U.S. occupation zone could go.

The first CRALOG shipment arrived in Bremen harbor in April 1946, and by the termination of the programme in 1962 it had dispatched 300,000 tons of aid to Germany.



  • Egan, Eileen and Elizabeth Clark Reiss. Transfigured Night. Library of Congress Number 64-7646.

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