The Story of the Italian
By Barry Moreno, Librarian, The Bob Hope Memorial Library at Ellis Island /
Statue of Liberty National Monument
The Italian Welfare League traces its beginnings to the resettlement work of the American Red Cross’s Italian Committee at the end of the First World War. At the time, thousands of Italians had just returned to their American homes after having fought in the Italian Army during the war. The Committee’s task was to help resettle these riservisti and find them civilian jobs and lodgings; they also provided them with medical care, groceries and clothing.