Vassar’s Contributions: Spain & Beyond

The 1930s-50s saw a huge flow of displaced people, especially out of Europe but also from Asia, due to several major political conflicts: the Spanish Civil War, the rise of the Nazis, and WWII.

In 1941, Vassar established the Vassar Emergency Relief Drive to aid refugees from Europe and China during these tumultuous times. Part of the budget was devoted to the World Student Service Fund, a global organization which provided aid to refugees from countries like Poland, Hungary, China, France, and Spain.

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Above is an excerpt from The Miscellany News, explaining Vassar’s way of helping during the refugee crisis: the College established a refugee scholarship and student relief committee.


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