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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 6, No. 10 July 28, 1943

We Are Not Alone

We Are Not Alone

There are no calls more exacting or more important to us than the constantly repeated cry "It is for the war effort." Therefore it is not without pride that we see an ambitious plan of action being prepared at Victoria for a work-day, the proceeds of which are for the patriotic funds.

In our country the patriotic funds are well administered, and General Freyberg spoke recently of the grand work which money we have helped to give has done for our armed forces.

Students have a reputation for being professional oppositionists—this we know to be untrue. But we should consider every issue carefully and responsibly; and at this juncture what can our attitude to the work-day be? A few hours' work may not appear impressive until translated into a recreation hut for the troops! Most of us work in town on essential jobs during the day many of us help in clubs and canteens. On being asked to give up a day or afternoon set aside for sport or leisure we may consider that we have done our part, and that we compare favorably with students in New Zealand and elsewhere, comparatively we have done very little.

Can we isolate ourselves when we are fighting alongside the finest free peoples of the world? "We are not alone" was the cry of Spain, tortured and rent by Fascist armies, and today of the guerillas of occupied Europe—where every University means both life and death. Death to culture, to true science and study, death to students caught by the Nazis, but to the forces of freedom to whom the students fled, a source of endless life and inspiration.

Our students have not been shot in hundreds, nor forced into hiding; our University has not been bombed, our country is not a starved and tortured battlefield. At Victoria we have not been called on to fight. In this we are fortunate. But we can help in other ways—this work is not hot-air nor wishy-washy sentimentality—it represents in a practical form a crucial question. Do YOU want to help?