Shortly after their arrival last night from New York, Erika and Klaus Mann, noted Germans who are actively interested in the international youth movement, told a CRIMSON reporter that "the main purpose of the movement is to bring the youth of today into the foreground in the eyes of the elder generation, and not to have it lurk in the background as a force that may be of importance when it grows up. Mr. and Miss Mann will speak on "The Situation of the Young European" at 8 o'clock this evening in Emerson D.
The twin children of Thomas Mann, the well known author, said that they had come to America for two reasons: primarily to tell Americans about a unification of Europe; and secondly to suggest grounds that America and Germany might have in common, which could help to establish a closer relationship between the two countries.
Miss Mann, who appeared on Max Reinhardt's stage in New York recently, will succeed her brother in speaking tonight: in her recital of German poetry written by men of the last three generations, her aim will be to give a cross-section of lyrics in German literature since the early part of the century.
The twins pointed out that there have been three distinct differences in the last three generations in Germany. "The first group, composed of our fathers, had was the pre-war type of German. Then came the 'father-murderers' of the next generation who were the most revolutionary type. The world war broke into the most formative part of their lives; it stirred them up and made them more aggressive. It was they who created the revolution and invented expressionism.
"Finally, we have the youth of today, which has become more conservative the pendulum is swinging back into the other direction again."
The two Germans both agreed on the fact that America's future lay in her youth and her size. Europe being too small and old to withstand the surge of modern civilization.