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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 6, No. 3 March 31th, 1943

Prisoners of War and Internees:

Prisoners of War and Internees:

"Prisoners of war are the biggest single problem facing relief organizations."

"In one of the smaller camps in France there is a group of young men in various advanced stages of tuberculosis."

"The French prisoners are faced with a trying winter. This will be their third year of captivity, but what makes it doubly difficult for them is the uncertainty of the future of their country—no longer in the war—and the place they will have in it on their return. The Universities of Captivity, created last year, functioned well with the help of University professors among them, and the thousands of books sent from Geneva. Many of these older men, who were largely responsible for keeping up the morale, have been repatriated. A number of courses given last year were taught from the information the men carried in their heads, which sooner or later was bound to be exhausted."

The International Student Service, striving to lessen the burden of these students, receives many letters, such as the following:—

"Thank you for the book by G. B. Shaw, 'The Apple Cart,' which arrived a day or so ago in good condition," writes an English prisoner in Germany. "This is exactly the type of book I enjoy most—I am very grateful to you for it."

From a British prisoner in an Italian hospital:

"Many, many thanks for your parcel of books which will greatly assist in passing the long hours of a hospital day. Your efforts to obtain the books we require and your assurance of help at all times are very much appreciated."

Perhaps now you have some conception of what other students are undergoing, of the needs the International Student Service is preparing to meet.

The fate of the world is at stake! We are responsible for saving some at least of the best students among the younger generation. Together with all constructive forces in the international student world, we must unite to ward off the destructive consequences of a total warfare which threatens the basis of our culture.

You are being offered a chance to foul the Nazi plan to exterminate all Universities and culture. Are you going to seize it with both hands, or, as is usually the case, conveniently forget it and continue with your own selfish pursuits? Are you going to support this drive on April 3rd by making it known amongst your friends, and by volunteering yourself as a worker, or are you going to play the role of amused spectator, or idle well-wisher?

For the benefit of those who are not sure What they are expected to do on April 3rd.

1.We are advertising the day to the people of Wellington as an opportunity to get all their odd jobs clone—in the house and in the gar den. They will ring us up and state the number of students they want and for what purpose.
2.The students meanwhile put their names on the lists at Varsity.
3.We sort the two lists and pair them off, keeping the students as close to their own district as possible, for their convenience. We then notify them of the address to which they must go, and what work they will be expected to do.
4.Saturday comes and we set out—some of the things we may be expected to do are: Weeding, mowing lawns, shifting gravel, cooking, ironing, washing, polishing, minding children, cooking and washing up for dinner parties, etc.
5.The day over, we receive our wages with due thanks, 6/- for a halt day, 10/6 for a whole, return home, and on Saturday night or Monday hand in the money at the Exec. Room. The proceeds will be sent without delay to the N.Z. Headquarters of the International Student Service, for forwarding to their overseas Headquarters.