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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 13, No. 5. March 30, 1950



"As speaker after speaker mounted the rostrum, from David Busby of the Canadian Student Christian Movement to Mihailov of the Soviet Komsomols, one felt the power and confidence of youth to prevent war and to open the paths of a peaceful and abundant future to the young people of all the world.

"Words cannot describe the enthusiasm with which the delegates supported WFDY policy, and greeted outstanding figures in the fight for its achievement. The youth of China, struggling for literacy, health and higher living standards, were led by Hsiao Hua, youthful General in the Liberation Armies. The Chinese were the friendliest and liveliest group you could wish to meet, There was young Anna Mangou in British battleddress captured from the Greek fascists.

"From Britain, straight from six weeks in prison, came Alan Leicester. He served sentence for protesting at the U.S. Embassy in London at the statement of Congressman Cannon:

"'In the next war, as in the last, let us equip soldiers from other nations, and let them send their boys into the holacaust instead of sending our own boys. . . .'

"The American delegation. 38 strong, was led by a negro automobile factory worker.

"Then there were the Russian Komsomols—Ivan Kozhebub, wartime hero; Alexander Shashkov, young, tough steelcaster from Kuznetz, leader in industry; and Sergei Nongoljan, Doctor of Mathematics and Professor at the Erevan University at 21!

"I shared a hostel with the Canadian delegation, with young men and girls from Ceylon, Iran and Irak.