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German Vegetarians at the 1920s Congresses


Some notes from the IVU Congresses, as reported in the Vegetarian Messenger (VSUK magazine):


Georg & Martha Förster, at the 1923 Congress

1923, Stockholm

After extending a hearty welcome to all, he called upon the Hon. Congress Secretary, Madame Lombard (Stockholm), to read the Roll Call of the Delegates. Each rose as his or her name was called. The following is a full list : ... Germany - Dr. G. Schläger (President of German Vegetarier Bund) ; Georg Förster (President of Vegetarier Verein) and Frau Martha Förster, Dresden ...

We give the full list of papers in alphabetical order :- ... Georg Förster on " The Work Done by the German Vegetarier Verein," Mrs. Martha Förster on " The German Women's Vegetarian Union," ... Dr. G. Schläger, of the German Vegetarier-Bund, Moriz Schnitzer on "The Nature Healing Institutions in Germany and Austria," ...

1926, London

... the delegates were introduced to the assembly, and the following is the order in which they responded to the roll call ... Madame Andreae and Professor Schläger (Germany) ...

Dr Schläger at the 1923 Congress

Messages of congratulations and good wishes were received from the following Societies not represented at the Congress ... Germany (Vegetarier Verein)

Dr. SCHLÄGER (Germany), in a paper on ''Psychology and Diet," referred to the intimate relationship existing between mind and body. Right diet was a necessary accompaniment of a stable mind. If Falstaff had fed properly, he would have been no longer Falstaff, but a lean and gallant knight. The speaker told of a doctor, one of whose patients complained that her husband had made her 'black and blue" by beating her. She was advised to reduce the man's meat ration, with the result that in a year's time he was a kind father and a good husband. Obviously, vegetarianism was to be recommended as a cure for wife-beaters! The speaker also referred to the harmful effect of meat in arousing the animal appetites. He said it was an accepted fact that to be engaged in animal slaughter interfered with the development of man's higher nature.

1929, Czechoslovakia

... The very list of speakers at the Congress was impressve. Including as it did, the names of ... Dr. Ragnar Berg (Dresden), ... Thirteen nations in all were represented at the Congress - ... Germany, ... delegates were invited to join in the annual foregathering of Czecho-Slovakian and German food-reform and nature-cure societies ...on the summit of the Lausche, a magnificent view-point situated on the very frontier of the two countries. ... Steinschönau fifteen miles away.

... Dr. Ragnar Berg (Dresden) followed with a valuable and interesting paper, entitled "The Biological Significance of Vegetarianism." In his introduction, Dr. Berg, stressed the point that primitive man tended to be vegetarian and that, practically speaking, it was only within the last fifty years the Central and Md-European peoples had taken considerably to flesh-eating - a in which England, unfortunately, had led the way more than hundred years earlier. The flesh-eating habit, however, was based on a false theory of values, largely owing to the mistaken belief that a high protein ratio in the diet was a necessity. Even to day, said the lecturer, extraordinary variety of opinion existed among scientific men as to the actual quantity of protein required. As a matter of fact, and as a result of his own experiments among human beings, be himself had been able to prove that the protein ratio was actually a variable one, the minimum amount required being largely dependent upon the quantity of the alkaline elements also included in the diet in each individual case. (By courtesy of the author, the paper appears verbatim in this months issue of The Vegetarian News). ...


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