Talk:Council of Relief Agencies Licensed to Operate in Germany

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Was this just operational in the US Zone? Secretlondon 10:58, Oct 5, 2003 (UTC)

My quick answer without looking it up would be that I guess both yes and no. It depends on the date. Originally the 4 occupation zones in Germany were run as little colonial empires my military governors, and were almost hermetically sealed off from each other, a factor that contributed to the disastrous economic situation.
However I would guess that later when The U.S. and UK zones were merged into "Bizonia" that CRALOG could operate also in the former UK zone, and when the French occupation zone also merged with them it presumably could operate there as well.
Although I could be wrong, since CARE was able to make separate deals with each governor in order to be allowed to distribute relief, see CARE_Package#Distribution.
But I think I'm right, since the prohibition on sending food aid from Britain to Germany was rescinded primarily thanks to the British humanitarian and publisher Victor Gollancz, who ran the campaign "Save Europe Now" and wrote several books on the plight of the Germans. You can read an example of one of his situation reports here: "Germany Revisited" from 1947.
To sum up, after I started thinking about it I come to the conclusion that it is probably a complex question which requires some digging to answer fully, but I don't have the time just now unfortunately.--Stor stark7 Speak 09:28, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
Ok, I did a quick search, and found the dates, it pretty much mirrors the Care packages, first the contract with the American zone in January 29, 1946 with meant that relief was permitted to be sent there, then the British and French also agreed in July 12 & 30, 1946.[1].--Stor stark7 Speak 10:20, 17 October 2008 (UTC)