Woodrow Wilson’s January 27, 1916, Proclamation

President Woodrow Wilson issued a Proclamation on this day, stating: “Whereas, in the various countries now engaged in war, there are nine millions of Jews, the great majority of whom are destitute of food, shelter, and clothing; driven from their homes without warning … causing starvation, disease and untold suffering; and Whereas the people of the United States of America have learned … of this terrible plight … I, Woodrow Wilson, do proclaim January 27, 1916, as a day upon which [to] … make contributions …for the aid of the stricken Jewish people. Contributions may be addressed to the American Red Cross.”