French Egyptologist Garnot to Give Lectures, Resume Relations with Students in America
In his first public appearance here as part of a good will and exchange of information tour Jean Sainte Fare Garnot, professor of Archeology and Egyptology at the Sorbonne, will give an illustrated lecture this afternoon on "Masterpieces of Ancient Egyptian Art" at 4:30 o'clock in Fogg Museum.
Garnot, who is the youngest faculty member of the Ecole des Hautes Etude and a specialist in Egyptian relations, has been sent to this country on behalf of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in order to establish relations with and assist American scholars in learning the latest developments in European research.
Bringing with him the latest works on Egyptology and copies of older works which were almost completely destroyed during the war, Garnot is looking forward to establishing his study group at the Ecole as a clearing house for research information which American students wish to find in Europe.
At the same time, he hopes to make it possible for Europeans to get material from America. "We want also to express our gratitude to America and show our respect for American scholarship, particularly at Harvard," Garnot said yesterday in an interview.
When questioned about conditions in the Ecole during the Nazi occupation, he said that neither the Nazis nor the Petain government was successful in suppressing teachers in their criticisms of the Germans, although they did suspend the University for three months in 1942 and many of the professors were arrested. The Latin Quarter in Paris was a hotbed of the underground movement according to Garnot, who personally assisted in the cleanup of Germans in the wooded areas near Versailles in August 1944.
Professor Garnot remained at his teaching post throughout the war and was never arrested, though warned several times by his students that his remarks in class might jeopardize his life. Like the other professors in France, he refused to sign the pledge of cooperation with the Petain government.
In the summer of 1945 he taught at the temporary G.I. college established in the University of Paris and he remarked yesterday that it had been a great pleasure to make that contact with American students.