Extracts from minutes of the Executive Committee relating to the
Congress, and other notes:
The minutes of the IVU Executive Committee meeting, October 18, 1953,
in London record:
It was agreed that Messrs Kahler Nussbaum and the Secretary should
act on behalf of the Committee in organising the 14th World Vegetarian
Congress in Paris in 1955 & that they should invite suitable vegetarian
leaders in France to join in forming a special Congress Committee.
The first week of August was agreed to be the most suitable date.
Messrs Nussbaum Kahler were asked to find a suitable location in Paris
for the Congress and the President would visit it with them on her
forthcoming visit to France.
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.
It was agreed that an International Vegetarian Food Exposition should
be arranged in conjunction with the next Congress subject to sufficient
instructions of support being forthcoming, the Secretary to sound
out the British Vegetarian Food Producers first as a guidance.
The minutes of the IVU Executive Committee meeting, May 1-2, 1954,
in Paris record:
Mr Kahler, in the absence of Dr.Nussbaum reported on the program
made with the arrangements for the Paris Congress. He stated that
La Cite/ Uniersitaire had been booked with the Rector's Permission.
The main arrangements were in the hands of Dr.Nussbaum & M.Brobecker,
who with Mme Brobecker formed Congress Secretariat. Good publicity
was planned mainly due to Dr.Nussbaum's excellent connection with
The secretary further reported on Congress arrangements & pointed
out that the first request to book La Cite/ Universitaire was turned
down but special intervention of Mr & Mrs Kahler, on personal
lines, secured this excellent building for us. He stated his high
regard for the Brobeckers and his confidence in their acting ably
as joint secretaries.
Mr Egerod suggested that one of the Congress meetings should be held
in the French Chamber of Deputies.
Mr Rudd said that any Food Exposition in connection with the Congress
should be of a very high standard and very well displayed. In this
connection the secretary reported that a 'feeler' put out to the British
Health Food Companies had met with encouraging response.
It was agreed that excursions be arranged after assembly as many participants
would prefer to arrange their own sight-seeing.
It was agreed that all addresses should be given by experts in their
field, be of good delivery, be of reasonably short duration - say
30-40 minutes & that there be the minimum of overlapping. Addresses
should be made in any one language and translations be available in
English, French, German, Swedish.
The following speakers were suggested together with the points of
Dr Douglas Latto - UK - Medical
Professor Aldo Capitini - Italy - Ethical
Dr Margaret Brady - UK - Soil
Dr.Nussbaum - France - Health
Dr Ralph Bircher - Switzerland - Economics
Dr.Jacqueline Marguette - France - Religion
It was agreed that Mr Kahler find a speaker from the U.S.A.
A notice from 'The Vegetarian World Forum' Autumn 1954:
The 14th World Vegetarian Congress
Organised by the International Vegetarian Union will held in Paris
at La Cité Universitaire, by gracious permission of the Rector,
during the first week of August, 1955.
Further information and application forms from
The General Secretary
International Vegetarian Union
Linton, Harestone Hill, Caterham, Surrey, England
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