The situation for the German population in the bombed cities was extremely difficult. The burdens of the war now hit the surviving people with full force. But international helpers also became active for them, among them the many followers and civilian supporters of the Nazi regime.
With the oncoming winter of 1945, the situation in Germany and other European countries became catastrophic. On November 27, 1945, 22 American welfare organizations founded the “Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe”, or C.A.R.E. for short. Even before Christmas, the distribution of the famous Care packages began. Such a 15 kilo package contains the need for important food elements for one month. The campaign saves the lives of many children. 100 million packages will be distributed throughout Europe. Almost ten million CARE packages with food, clothing or tools reach Germany alone.
The CARE packages have helped many German families – whether they are followers or perhaps supporters of the Nazi regime – to survive and make a new start. Thousands of volunteers all over the world made this campaign a great success. The German people were not ostracized, but people in need were tried to help.