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Bergarbeiter mit CARE-Paketen

By November 9, 2012

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Translated caption: Inducement packages for German miners.
A third CARE-package was promised to Ruhr-area coal miners for fulfilling certain criteria. The German miners had to increase productivity by 16% over November 1947 for four weeks in a row. The packages contain calorie-rich food, coffee, tea and cigarettes and are all from American occupying forces' inventory. Our picture shows German miners after receiving the CARE-packages.
Miners with packages leaving the mine. Mine head tower in background. Second of January, 1948 Photographer unknown.

CARE packages

CARE (Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe) was founded in 1945, right after the war. Originally, you could pay $10 for a package to be sent to a specific person in war-ravaged Europe. These were surplus army rations in the first year and specialized packages after the surplus was used. Later, CARE became a non-profit organization which sent relief packages to everyone.

The coal mines were run by the occupying forces after the war, but male workers were hard to come by and, since food was scarce, harder to motivate. They were also prone to sickness. This finally led to a hunger strike by the miners in 1947. Consequences of the strike included prioritization of CARE-packages to miners. (source)

Ansporn-Paket für deutsche Bergleute
Die Ausgabe eines dritten CARE-Paketes an die Bergleute im deutschen Ruhr-Bergbau wurde unter Zugrundelegung von bestimmten Bedingungen in Aussicht gestellt. Die deutschen Bergarbeiter müssen ihre Förderleistungen um 16% gegenüber der Kohlenförderung im Monat November 1947 steigern und diese Leistung 4 Wochen beibehalten. Die Pakete enthalten kalorienreiche Lebensmittel neben Kaffee, Tee und Zigaretten und stammen ausschließlich aus Beständen der amerikanischen Besatzungsmacht.
Unser Bild zeigt deutsche Bergarbeiter nach dem Empfang von CARE-Paketen.
Bergarbeiter mit Care-Paketen verlassen Zeche. Fördertürme im Hintergrund Date 2 January 1948 Photographer Unknown Institution


Photo German Bundesarchiv CC by SA

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