TLS - Typed Letter SignedEleanor Roosevelt. First lady through the Great Depression and World War II. Eleanor writes about her organization USCOM, which rehoused thousands of children orphaned by the war. Typed letter signed "Eleanor Roosevelt" on her personal letterhead. April 28th, 1947. New York, New York. 1 page.
In 1940 Eleanor and Franklin co-founded the U.S. Committee for the Care of European Children, otherwise known as USCOM, to respond to the humanitarian emergency posed by the thousands of children who had lost parents and caregivers to concentration camps. USCOM is the subject of this letter from the former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt to Ken W. Purdy, editor of PARADE Magazine. The letter is dated just one day after PARADE’s publication of the article, captioned, “Haven in America”, indicating Mrs. Roosevelt’s eagerness to respond. Eleanor writes that she “must express [her] appreciation” for an article from Parade Magazine about USCOM’s work arranging transit, foster care, education, and long term physical and mental health services for the orphans of World War II. USCOM’s work, she writes, "is very close to my heart” : "through it, war-orphaned children found in our zones of occupation overseas are brought to America…and given the opportunity to grow up to become useful American citizens of the future." Parade’s article, she continues, “made clear to every reader [...] the priceless value of the program to those most tragic victims of World War II -- the orphaned children.” Red docketing notations on upper corner and minor foxing but are otherwise in very good condition. An eloquent testament to American interest in international welfare.