From Ohio History Central
The Federated German American Relief for Expellees Organizing Committee, which became known as the German American Resettlement Services, Inc., was a German-American organization in Cleveland, Ohio.
The Federated German American Relief for Expellees Organizing Committee sought to assist refugees from Germany following World War II. In the years following the war, many Germans fled West Germany due to the destruction of World War II. Many residents of East Germany fled their nation, hoping to escape from communism. To assist both groups of Germans, Cleveland Germans established the Federated German American Relief for Expellees Organizing Committee in February 1952. By March 1952, the organization had changed its name to German American Resettlement Services, Inc. This group sought to unite Cleveland's German institutions, including churches, civic clubs, and other organizations, to work together to assist German refugees. The German American Resettlement Services, Inc., remained in operation until the early 1960s, providing financial assistance in both Europe and in the United States of America.
German American Resettlement Services, Inc., illustrates the impact of German immigrants and culture in Ohio. At the start of the twenty-first century, German culture and institutions continue to thrive in the state.
- Van Tassel, David D., and John J. Grabowski, eds. The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996.