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n Historia - Die bydrae van Rachel Isabella Steyn tot die noodleningspoging in Duitsland ná die Eerste Wêreldoorlog

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Abstract

The contribution of Rachel Isabella Steyn to the humanitarian aid programme in Germany after the First World War The different and sometimes difficult circumstances in which Mrs Rachel Isabella Steyn found herself after her husband, President M.T. Steyn's death in 1916, was radically altered when she received a plea for humanitarian aid from a Netherlands humanitarian, Mrs H. Kröller, after the termination of hostilities after the First World War. This plea for the destitute children of post-war Germany was met by Mrs Steyn with dedication and innovation. She was ably assisted by a team of friends and societies in South African, and more especially her prestige as the widow of Pres. Steyn and an associate of Miss Emily Hobhouse. Miss Hobhouse as representative of the Save the Children Fund identified Leipzig in Germany as the city where the need was most acute. Mrs Steyn was not intimidated by the daunting challenge of organisational problems and working with other prominent South African women. Somehow they had to work together in order to get a grant from the Union Government. The first fund-raising effort realised over £10 000 and this effort fed over 8 000 children per day. A second fund-raising effort in 1923 did not realise similar spectacular results but rather focused on assisting laudable individual cases. In both fund-raising efforts the Free State contributed more per capita than any other province. She accepted with Miss Hobhouse, the German Red Cross Medal. She was also honoured in 1925 by the Senate of the Ruprecht Karls University in Heidelberg. End

Die bydrae van Rachel Isabella Steyn tot die noodleningspoging in Duitsland ná die Eerste Wêreldoorlog Die moeilike omstandighede waarin mevrou Rachel Isabella Steyn haar bevind het na die dood van haar eggenoot, president M.T. Steyn in 1916, het verander toe sy na die Eerste Wêreldoorlog (c)° noodroep vir humanitêre hulpverlening van (c)° Nederlandse liefdadigheidswerker, mevrou H. Kröller ontvang het. Hierdie noodroep vir die noodlydende kinders van die na-oorlogse Duitsland is deur mevrou Steyn met toewyding en vindingrykheid aangepak. Sy is bygestaan deur (c)° span vriende en verenigings in Suid-Afrika, terwyl die prestigewaarde van haar naam, tesame met dié van mejuffrou Emily Hobhouse, haar ter wille was. Die eerste noodlenigingspoging het oor die £10 000 gerealiseer, en hierdie poging het oor die 8 000 kinders per dag gevoed. (c)° Tweede fondsinsamelingspoging in 1923 het nie dieselfde skouspelagtige gevolge gehad nie, maar het eerder gefokus op enkele lofwaardige gevalle. In beide insamelingspogings het die Vrystaat meer per capita ingesamel as enige ander provinsie. End

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2001-11-01
2016-12-08
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