From minutes of the IVU Executive Committee meeting October 22, 1950,
in Manchester, England:
CONGRESS of 1953 - SWEDEN
Mr.Egerod reported fully upon a suggested programme, submitted by
Mr.Pederson, for the next congress fixed at Sigtuna, N.W. of Stockholm,
The general arrangements were approved subject to amendment in one
or two details.
THE DATE OF THE CONGRESS - 9th -16th AUGUST 1953 was suggested on
account of catering difficulties in Sweden at an earlier period, but
the opinion was expressed that August was a difficult month for several
members of the Union and that a date in June or July would be much
better if this were possible.
The idea of having a big propaganda meeting, to be addressed by prominent
speakers, was considered excellent, but it was strongly emphasised
that five speakers were too many for such a meeting and that 8pm to
11pm was too long if an effective result were to be achieved. Two
hours were considered to be a more acceptable period.
It was suggested that there should be a lecture inserted in the programme
for Monday (at 3.00pm).
A recommendation was made that there should be at least one lecturer
of international repute included in the programme. A suggestion was
put forward that Dr.Frank Wokes, Director of Research at Ovaltine
Laboratories, and a life vegetarian might be asked.
It was agreed to recommend that all speeches and lectures be printed
beforehand in both English and German and translated for the press.
RESOLUTIONS FOR SUBMISSION TO THE CONGRESS
Witha view to saving time during the actual Congress it was suggested
that all resolutions from Constituent Societies should be sent to
the Secretary of the Union on a fixed date pior to the commencement
of the Congress.
From minutes of the IVU Executive Committee meeting July 17, 1951,
in London, England:
Mr.Pedersen [IVU Treasurer from Sweden] reported on the progress
of the arrangements for the 1953 I.V.U. Congress in Sweden. He stated
that a congress committee had been formed and a draft programme drawn
up. Further progress would be reported to the committee.
It was agreed to invite Dr.Frank Wokes to deliver a suitable lecture
at the Congress.
From minutes of the IVU Executive Committee meeting April 10/11, 1952,
near Haarlem, Holland:
Mr Josef Pedersen reported fully on progress made with the 1953 Congress
& that the secretary had visited Sweden & that together they
had decided on The Humanist College, at Sigtuna, north of Stockholm
as the location of the Congress. The date is to be 1st to 8th August.
It was agreed that the Swedish Congress Committee and the Secretary
of the I.V.U. should keep in close touch & that the latter should
send out notices & information concerning the Congress.
The programme was discussed & it was decided to leave this in
the hands of the Swedish Congress Committee.
It was agreed to invite Dr Frank Wokes the well-known British Nutritionist
expert to deliver a topical address at the Congress, the Secretary
to send the invitation.
Mrs Gasque said that she might consider inviting Dr Szekely to the
an extract from The First Century of Health Foods by Kathleen
After the first few years of living in Gloucestershire, I realised
that my son, Christopher might never meet a Vegetarian girl. He was
still at a Boy's Public School so in the school holidays, encouraged
by Grace and Terence Lane, who appointed me to represent the Friends
Vegetarian Society, I decided to take him to the International Vegetarian
Congress which was being held in Sweden in 1952. We went by ship where
I knew all the other English Vegetarians.
- as quoted in A
Reason for Celebration: 90 Healthy Vegetarian Years (EVU)
from Arne Winquist:
In 1952 I went to Los Angeles and Hollywood, California, and stayed
there until 1954. While in California, I went over to Sweden to participate
in the IVU Congress 1953, which was held in Sigtuna, the oldest town
in Sweden. I was invited to speak about vegetarianism in the USA.
After the congress I returned to California for another year.
The minutes of the IVU Executive Committee meeting, October 18, 1953,
in London record:
Following a general discussion on the matter of Congresses it was
agreed that a properly organised Press Conference should be arranged
to avoid a repetition of irresponsible press interviews given in Sweden
at the 13th Congress with the resultant unsatisfactory press reports.
The minutes of the IVU Executive Committee meeting, May 1-2, 1954,
in Paris record:
The chairman expressed the opinion that all arrangements at Sigtuna
were excellent and this was agreed warmly and unanimously.