“Worthington Plan” Launched
Originally published July 25th, 1947, in the The Worthington Daily Globe
Designed to render emergency relief as well as promote better understanding of the American way of life, the idea is about to be put to work.
A NEW experiment in international relations and relief has been launched with the acceptance by the Worthington committee of the German city of Crailsheim as the logical community to work with. The idea has been called “the Worthington plan, “ for want of a better name. The plan, developed after several months of study and correspondence with government officials, quite definitely has the blessing of the state department and the American military government. It is evident that they recognized in the plan, expanded on a larger scale, possibilities in helping meet the threat of communism in Germany.
There will be those who will criticize that idea and will have nothing to do with it. That is to be expected. There are no doubt individuals in Crailsheim who will have nothing to do with their late foe. Wartime hatreds fanned to fighting pitch don’t subside overnight.
Still, “love thy enemy” is a Christian precept and it is difficult to see how peace in the world can be built on a foundation of hate.
The committee wishes to stress the fact that they have no intention of attempting a wholesale program of rebuilding this German community. The best they can do is provide clothing to take care of their most urgent needs, particularly of the children, to help them survive the approaching winter, and to place tools in their hands to assist them in rebuilding their city and putting their agriculture and gardens back into production.
In the meantime it is hoped that there will be developed an exchange of correspondence between people of the interests in Worthington and Crailsheim so that we may learn more about the people there and their problems, and that they may learn more about America and the American way of life as exemplified by the everyday life of the people of Worthington.
Committees are being set up to expedite this program. Organizations will be contacted, the plan explained and their support solicited. Within a month a city-wide collection of shoes and clothing will be made and shipped out. It is hoped that the shipment will arrive in Germany before weather sets in, for the benefit of the children without shoes.
Copies of the book "Worthington & Crailsheim: 75 Years of Partnership" are available for purchase at the Nobles County Historical Society in downtown Worthington.