The Gottscheer people had to experience and overcome many hardships and misfortunes during the almost seven
hundred year History of Gottschee. Since the late 1800's, thousands of Gottscheers came to the USA, primarily to New York and Cleveland.
In 1945, they started a large-scale movement of relief activities to help their uprooted kinfolk in Europe.
The united action of all Gottscheer Organizations and fellow countrymen was needed immediately. Thus
was formed the Gottscheer Relief Association, officially incorporated in accordance with the laws of the State of
New York on April 15, 1946. The origin, history, and functions of this still important organization
are detailed in the History of the Gottscheer Relief Association.