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Red Cross Volunteers

New Home Club/Red Cross, taken December 21, 1943. My mother is seventh from the right side.

Forty Jewish refugees from Germany founded the "Society of Friends" (Gesellschaft der Freunde) in Milwaukee on 8 September 1935 to aid Jews fleeing the Nazis by helping them assimilate into American society. The group changed its name to the "New Home Club" in 1941. After the U.S. entered World War II, the Club worked with the Red Cross on blood drives and on the production of surgical dressings, and assisted members in changing their "enemy alien" status.

After the war, the Club helped displaced Jews, and created a relief fund to help Jews in Austria and Germany. The Club provided financial assistance for Israel, and purchased an ambulance for use in the 1967 Six-Day War. Throughout its existence, the New Home Club actively promoted social events such as dances, dinners, and lectures. The Club's membership, which was never very large, gradually declined as fewer persons required its assistance. The organization ceased operations in 1985, although it came together for a 50th anniversary celebration in 1987.