Dr Gustav Selss
Member of the first IVU provisional Committee,
Member of the Congress Organising Committee, 1910
Dr. med. Gustav A. Selss was a founder member of the Eden fruit growing colony in 1893, which was a fully vegetarian community at Oranienburg, north of Berlin.
of the 1st IVU Congress, Dresden,
Germany 1908 show that he was the President of the Deutscher
Vegetarier-Bund at that time and that he came from Baden-Baden, so he appears to have left Eden by then.
Some extracts from the reports of that first Congress:
Dr. Selss, president of the German Vegetarian Bund; ... all stayed
with Frau. Dr. Thesmar, 9, Munchner Strass, Alstadt. ...Dr. Selss,
Dr. Meyroos, and Mr. William Simpson made a suitable response to Herr
Dressler's welcome, ...The Congress proper began next day, the 18th
August, when the delegates met at 11 o'clock, in the Vereinhaus, Dr.
Selss presiding. ... Dr. Selss (Baden-Baden), Dr. Meyroos (Rotterdam),
and Mr. Albert Broadbent (Manchester, England), were appointed to
act as a Committee. ...At 3 o'clock the Congress re-assembled, Dr.
Selss again presiding. ...Dr. Selss reported that in Germany about
90 vegetarian societies had been formed ; and the cause had been furthered
by walking contests, sport clubs, and the opening of vegetarian dining
rooms in different towns, of which there are over 20 in Berlin alone.
... The Congress adjourned at 4.30 p.m. to be photographed, and re-assembled
at 8-30 p.m. for the final meeting, which was well attended. Dr. Selss
took the chair, and in opening the meeting said the German vegetarians
would remember with pride that a Union, having for its object the
uniting of vegetarians of all countries had been founded in Germany.
... The musical part, which was contributed by friends who had entertained
the congress on the previous evening, was interspersed with speeches,
and considerable enthusiasm prevailed. ...
The speakers included Dr. Selss, Dr. Meyroos, Herr Dressler ... Dr.
Selss expressed gratitude to the Dresden Vegetarian Society for their
hearty reception, ...
He was due to attend the 2nd
IVU Congress, Manchester, England 1909, but was unable to make it.
At the 3rd Congress in Brussels, 1910, Dr Selss was a member of the
Dr. Sells, the President of the German Vegetarian Union, and Editor
of the Vegetarische Warte, spoke of the movement in his own
country. Vegetarianism is going ahead in Germany but he regretted
that not many doctors had as yet come over. In this respect France
and Belgium, with upwards of 100 medical men on their members' lists,
lead the way.
[the spelling was 'Sells' this time though possibly a mistake by the
The is no mention of him in the records of the 4th Congress at The
Hague in 1913.
In 1915 the Vegetarian Messenger (VSUK magazine) reported a
notice in Vegetarier Warte where Dr. Selss gave his farewell
to the Bund as he was offering his medical services to his national
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