Corporation Will Consider Plan, Conant Tells Refugee Committee
Ridder Sees New York Agency; Affidavit Committee Is Sent Urgent Case
Declining to express any personal convictions, President Conant promised to present the Corporation with an Outline of the Plan for Refugee Aid and the plea for University cooperation when it meets Monday. A delegation of eight representing the Committee for Refugee Aid and four of its 14 sponsoring organizations submitted the Outline to the President in his office yesterday morning.
A definite statement is not expected from University Hall until Tuesday or Wednesday.
With the possible help of the University in the form of tuition scholarships, the Committee hopes to raise $35,000 to support about 30 refugee students at Harvard. After a conference with the group Wednesday night, Dean Hanford pointed out that most of the scholarships for this year have already been allotted.
Receive Plea For Affidavit
While awaiting the Corporation's decision, the Committee continued its organizing activity under Robert E. Lane '39, chairman. A legal expert in Boston has been consulted on the technicalities of securing affidavits. A telegram pleading for an affidavit for a Vienna Kreisler Prize winner, threatened with jail, was received by Ernest M. Jondorf '41, Chairman of the Affidavit Committee, from a Long Island, New York, family.
Robert B. Ridder '41, acting for the Contact Committee, entrained for New York City last night to put the plan before the International Students Service and discuss the prospects for a National Office to coordinate the activities of the student refugee aid drives which are expected to develop in schools in other sections of the country.
The Committee's action is an out-growth of the student sentiment which was mobilized at a mass meeting held Wednesday, November 16, to protest the Nazi outrages which followed the recent killing of German Ambassador Vom Rath in Paris. Carl J. Friedrich, professor of Government, and one of the nine sponsoring professors, has been a guiding hand in its development.
Aside from subscriptions to the Harvard Book for Tolerance, money will be raised by College and professional benefit performances. The Glee Club and the Dramatic society plan meetings in the near future at which such performances will be discussed.