In 1934, Hitler Refused to Endorse a Harvard Student Group

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Every week, The Crimson publishes a selection of articles that were printed in our pages in years past.

January 6, 1923: Picking the Lock

A recent correspondent of the Alumni Bulletin makes the rather startling suggestion that Harvard be represented next fall by two Varsity, football teams instead of one, and that while one plays Yale at New Haven the other play Yale (who is also to have two teams of course) in Cambridge, the winner being the college which amasses the largest combined score. In this way all ticket-difficulties would be abolished, and the proportion of players to spectators would be increased.

January 8, 1934: Hitler Refuses Favor to Harvard Students Group

Chancellor Adolph Hitler has refused to authorize the use of his name to a group of his disciples at Harvard, it was revealed yesterday. About three weeks ago a group of students who have grown to admire the Nazi leader decided to establish a club for the purpose of studying the dictator's policies. A letter was sent to the Chancellor asking for permission to use the name "Hitler Haven."

Charles E. Schwer '37, leader of the group, received a letter yesterday from Baron von Tippelskirch, German Consul General in Boston, saying that Chancellor Hitler had asked him to inform the students that it was against his policy to authorize the use of his name for organizations of any kind.

January 11, 1949: Buck Hails Lamont’s Open Shelves

Lamont Library marks a return to the belief that education is based on unrestricted access to all that humanity has thought and experienced, Provost Buck told the audience at the dedication of the new library yesterday afternoon. "Our worser selves have had little confidence in the capacity of man to solve his fate, have treated our students as though they were children, and so have sought to substitute for free inquiry, discipline and restraint," he said.

Buck joined President Conant, Keyes DeWitt Metcalf, University Librarian, Thomas S. Lamont, son of the late Thomas W. Lamont '92, and William D. Weeks '49, president of the Student Council in speaking at the dedication ceremonies in the Library's Forum Room today.

January 11, 1960: The State of the Union

The Socialist virtue of self-criticism has never been an American strong-point, and lately it seems to have deserted the Soviet Union as well. Izvestia recently reported the case of a collective farm which claimed that it had over-fulfilled its quota for egg production by 25 per cent; a check disclosed that the farm had no hens.

Meanwhile, on the American front, the President has delivered his final State of the Union message. After some pious words about the "definite necessity" of "self-examination," Mr. Eisenhower expresses himself satisfied with the results of seven years of Republican administration. The President, James Reston said last year, has touched upon all the great issues of the age and has come to grips with none of them; this record is unchanged. As one Southern Democrat remarked after last week's message, Mr. Eisenhower continues to feed the country on a diet of "homily grits."

January 9, 1968: Ice Age Returns in 20th Century

Cambridge pulled on its longjohns yesterday as the coldest temperatures in memory put the weekend's eight and a half-inch snowstorm on ice.

Mufflered pedestrians looked like Napoleon's army fleeing Russia as they scrambled past the frozen corpses of cars stranded in the snow.

Hundreds of commuters fumed as they waited hours for local garages to start their cars. Cambridge police showered traffic tickets on vehicles blocking the streets, and 1000 cars were towed in Boston yesterday, the Globe reported.

—Compiled by Ginny C. Fahs