Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 11, No. 1. February 27, 1948
[Letter to Salient from Vera Bulnova]
Having got the recommendation from the Czechoslovak Youth Organization—SCM—In Praque, four Czech students are asking for a kind favour.
We are very interested in your country, however. It is almost on the other end of the world. We should be very glad indeed to come into contact with some of the members of your organization, who would be willing to keep up correspondence with us and eventually come to CSR to see the "Sokol Festival." (Sokol is our greatest gymnastic organization, and I believe I can say it is known in the whole world.) It takes place in Prague in June and July, 1948. For this ocasion people of the whole world come to Prague. If anybody of you come, we could accommodate three persons in our flat, consisting of two rooms, for we are leaving for Sweden in June. But also in this case we can present you two Czech students, who speak English as interpreters.
And now, let us introduce ourselves, though it is rather late, We are two girls, studying the High Social School, and two boys, one student of the High Political School and the other studying the High Technical School in Prague. We are between 22 and 26 years of age and shall finish our studies in two years, all of us.
We two girls have heard in our faculty lectures very much about the excellent social organization in New Zealand and were always told that it is one of the most modern in the whole world. For example your care for sucklings is really so perfect that you have reached the minimum in sucklings mortality. We have also heard much about your wages, politics, social assurance and so many things, which we could envy you. Because our whole economic and social organization has been destroyed during the long-lasting war and German occupation, our State tries to re-establish it according to the modernest principles.
In regard to our future profession, we think it would be very useful for us if we could, after finishing our studies come to New Zealand for some time in order to get experiences, which we could then use in our native country.
We hope there will be someone among you who will be interested in CSR and would like to see the Sokol Festival 1948.
We think that people of the whole world, especially young ones, shall learn to know each other so that they would be more able to remove misunderstandings among all nations.
Loking forward to your kind answer.
Yours very sincerely
Vera Bulnova.58 Na Pankra'cl. Panklec, Prague, Czechoslovakia, Europe.