January 11, 1934, Pages 1, 4
Three Hundred Students and Faculty
Attend College Anti-War Conference
Name Committee to Work
During Spring Term;
To Publish Bulletin
More than three hundred students as
well as faculty members and guest speakers attended the exciting Friday
night session of the Brooklyn College Anti-War conference at the First
Presbyterian church. After the formal opening of the convention by
Henry Aron, chairman of the Arrangements Committee, a presiding
committee consisting of Mary Levine, Herbert Halpern, and Joseph
Fleischer and a secretary, Dorothy Sapin were elected from the floor.
Miss Levine, chairman of the evening then introduced the Rev. Dr.
Philips Packer Elliot of the First Presbyterian Church.
Dr. Elliot Opens Parley
Dr. Elliot opened the
conference in the name of his church, and all churches and synagogues,
which have always opposed war and bloodshed. "War," he said, "comes
when things slip out of control." That is also the reason for such
occurrences as the Hitler regime. It is caused by anger, malice and
prejudice and comes as a response to bugles, parades, and flags.
"There comes a time,"
continued Dr. Elliot, "in every man's life, when he is sick of easy
chairs, classrooms and offices and he wants instead blood, steel and
mud. It is up to society to furnish a peaceful equivalent for war in
order to satisfy this desire."
Dr. Walker Represents Liberals
Rev. Dr. John D. Walker of
the Church of the Pilgrims in presenting the liberal viewpoint
definitely declared himself opposed to war.
"I have done with war. I
will not take part in a war," stated Dr. Walker.
He spoke of the failure of
the League of Nations as due to the fact that the nations have put
their faith in force, they have not disarmed. Gigantic preparedness
projects are now being executed. He urged us to strike at preparedness,
for it meant war. He quoted Lloyd George as saying, "Thus great
armaments caused war."
"We must expose war,"
continued Dr. Walker, "to the world as the mass production of death by
machines of death."
Supporting his arguments
with statistics, he also showed how the $186,000,000,000 spent on the
last war could have been used in a colossal housing plan, as well as to
furnish every city of over 250,000 population in the United States,
with a $5,000,000 University and a $5,000,000 hospital.
University Man Speaks
At the Saturday morning
session at the Joralemon Gym, with Herbert Halpern presiding, Dr. Mark
Granbart of the Columbia University Zoology Department spoke on the
part Columbia University played in the last war, when classrooms and
offices were turned into munitions plants and barracks.
"In order to eliminate
war," said Dr. Granbart, "you must eliminate the economic roots of
Sanford Salander, a New
York University student told of the New York University Anti-War
Conference, and begged delegates to eliminate all their party
differences and fight on only one basis against war.
A Continuations Committee
of eleven was elected to continue the work of the conference into the
Denounces Pacifist Talk
director of the Workers' School, in discussing the Communist platform
in regards to war, denounced all pacifist talk, by the church as well
as the weak-kneed attitude of the Socialists, as being just much bunk
used to lull the minds of masses to the evils of the existing system.
"Wars," continued Mr,
Bloomfield, "caused by economic rivalry between imperialist nations are
inevitable under a system like capitalism."
He advocated an
international fraternity of workers as the only means of conserving
peace. We must utilize war as a means of overthrowing the capitalist's
government and establish a proletariat state.
The socialist speaker, Mr.
Sam H. Friedman, did not present any arguments which were different
from Mr. Bloomfield's. He stated that war, cannot be done away with
unless we remove the cause of war, Capitalism.
After the symposium a
resolutions committee was elected from the floor. The committee
consisted of Lawrence Farrant, chairman and Adolph Appleman, Henry
Aron, Leonard Blacker, Jerome R. Cohen, Theodore Draper, Beatrice
Gomber, and Anna Klutch.
The delegates then went to
the seminars where the topics Education, War, Fascism and War, Labor
and War and International Relations and War, were discussed from 10 to
12:30. After a two hour recess the seminars reconvened to discuss and
At 6:30 the delegates met
in the Joralemon gym, and the report of the Resolutions Committee was
read and voted upon. These resolutions are to be resubmitted at a
larger gathering of students where a more diversified and
representative student body will have an opportunity of voting on them.
A Continuations Committee
was elected to continue the work of the Conference into the next
semester. This committee will be augmented by representatives from
school organizations and will be instrumental in the publication of an
Anti-War Bulletin and the issuing of an official report concerning the
activities of the Anti-War Conference.
The Combinations Committee
consists of Dr. Asch, Dr. Selsam, Gus Arkin, Leonard Blocker, Harold
Draper, Beatrice Gomberg, Helen Lakchin, Stella Levine, David
Schreiber, Miriam Whiter, and Daniel Welfert.
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