Anti-Interventionist Group, Defense League Disbanded

Committee Reverses Old Anti-War Stand

Dissolution of both the Harvard Committee Against Military intervention and the Student Defense League is following America's entrance into the war against the Axis

The Committee announced yesterday that it is throwing its full support to the war effort, and called a meeting for Monday night in Emerson A at 7"15 o'clock, when the Executive Council will advise the Dissolution move. At the same time, the entire membership will formulate a final statement of their position in view of recent developments.

Change Crimson Ad Stand

Only three days ago, the Committee, is an advertisement in the CRIMSON, urged "all measures necessary to defeat Japan," reiterating that "We shall continue to obstruct to the best of our ability every move in the direction of further involvement in European military affairs."

David K. Eichler 2G, chairman of he Executive Council of the Committee, yesterday said "We are confident that civil liberties will not be impaired" during the war. At the same time they believe, said Eichler, that a strict personal censorship will not have to be imposed, and they approve Britain's policy of allowing a certain amount of criticism. This, they feel, is not incompatible with successful prosecution of the war.


The Committee claims a membership of 92, 80% undergraduates. The president is Robert W. Williams '42. Eichler is secretary-treasurer, and the executive council includes, besides Eichler, Paul C. Hoover 3G, Kenneth MacDonald 2L, Herbert Schoepke 2L, and James F. Fallow '45.

League's Reasons Different

Feeling that its political aims have been filled and that its service work can only he done by a larger and more inclusive body the Student Defense League voted last night to dissolve and hand over its funds and membership lists to the Defense Service Committee.

The League's reasons, however, were entirely different from those of the non intervention body, since it has agitated for a declaration of war against all the Axis powers.

The League's other function, to aiding civilian defense, has been taken over on a much larger scale by the Defense Service Committee, and former members of the League will work with the new group as individuals instead of through the League.