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The defeat of Nazism in this war will demand more than military victory asserted Pitirim A. Sorokin, professor of Sociology last night as he pointed out that the construction of a lasting peace will require the elimination of national sovereignty, and the establishment of a a strong international government. The occasion was a meagerly attended rally held in memory of Czech students killed and imprisoned three years ago by the Germans.
Karl Deusch, former student at the University of Prague, now teaching at M.I.T., gave a grim account of the details of the attack. He recalled the arrival of Nazi motorized troops at the university, the machine-gunning of students in the dormitories, and the deportation to concentration camps of 1200 men and women of whom only 500 are alive today. Demonstrations were held yesterday in all of the United Nations and in over 200 colleges in this country.
Sad Bond News
Coincidental with the rally a special intensive drive was held to sell War Bonds and Stamps. A total of $191 worth was sold, or roughly two-thirds of the College's weekly total. A general report of sales made since the beginning of the summer was delivered at the rally by John W. Ellison '44, who revealed that in 16 weeks the College has bought $5220.15, a weekly per capita contribution of exactly 11.5 cents.
Broken down House by House, figures show that Adams has maintained a consistent lead with a total sales of $1071.05, leaving Leverett in second with $933.82. Winthrop holds third place $31.08 behind Leverett. Smallest total is Dunster with $459.60, while Eliot has the smallest contribution per capita, 6.9 cents per week.
Three war movies were shown at the rally "Diary of a Polish Airman", "Listen to Britain", and "Five Men of Vellish", and a special United Nation Song, written by Dmitri Shostakovich was sung for the first time. A resolution was accepted by the audience to the effect that the report on Harvard's sale of bonds and war activities was extremely discouraging, and that greater effort towards a common action be made.
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