Letters Pour In From Last Year's Drive
As the 1948 World Student Fund Relief Campaign swung into action today, reports and letters describing the reception of food overseas continued to arrive at th drive's headquarters. The letters come directly from the recipients of Harvard's donation of last spring, students in Athens, Peiping, Warsaw, Vienna and Salzburg.
I am really moved by your help," writes Janina Grzankowska, a Polish medical student. "I only wish I could show you clearly what your dollars mean here in milk, potatoes, fats." After describing post-war university life, she adds, "but we hold to our resolution to become worthy successors of those who have died with Poland's name on their lips."
A letter from Peiping describes how students were able to carry on through American aid. "You are making possible to thousands of students pursuance of higher education, which will better equip them to serve their country and the world."
Of particular importance to the students were soy-bean milk stations and a daily allotment of peanuts to supplement their rice diet.
One of the first students to come to the International Rest Center at Salzburg was Inga Svarc, an Austrian art student. "We all came mentally and physically run down; we left with new hope and strength." After citing the work of Richard Campbell, Jr. '48 in organizing the Rest Center, she adds, "warm rooms and good food are such hard things to find in winter in Austria."
The letters praise the efficiency of World Student Service Fund, the agency to which Harvard sends its contributions, and World Student Relief, the agency used to distribute the food abroad. These two agencies are also used by CARE and most other American universities.