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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 11, No. 7. June 23rd, 1948


The second World Conference of Christian Youth was held in Oslo in July last year. Beryl Taylor, a VUC graduate, who was a delegate from the National Council of Churches at the Conference, has sent the following report to "Salient."

It was an exciting day for us when we were given a public farewell in St. Pancras Town Hall, London, on the eve of our departure to Oslo for the second World Conference of Christian Youth. A group of two hundred delegates left Tilbury for Gotenborg. Delegates came from seventy different countries, in fact every country in the world except Russia and Japan. They represented all walks of life and many had been participants in the war as active combatants, prisoners of war, underground workers, displaced persons or internees of concentration camps.

The majority wore their national costumes, the heavily embroidered frocks of Czechoslovakia, the straight kimonos of China, the brilliantly coloured saris of India and the butterfly boleros of the Philippines. We from New Zealand felt miserably plain in having to wear just common European garb. Nobody seemed to speak the same language. Even the Indians spoke English when they wanted to understand each other. Delegates were literally thrown together, having to extract themselves from the confusion.