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Hugo Nolthenius
Congress President 1910-13
IVU Treasurer 1923-29

The first mention we have of Hugo Nolthenius is during the 4th IVU Congress, held at The Hague, Netherlands in 1913, the President of the host Society was automatically President of the Congress and he would have assumed that role at the end of the previous Congress in 1910:

...the President of the Congress, Mr. Hugo Nolthenius read his address of greeting in three languages, English, French, and German. He deemed it unnecessary to read it in Dutch, because expected his countrymen to understand at least one of these languages, and in any case they were sure of his sentiments. He set forth the Ideal of Vegetarianism, and the objects of the International Vegetarian Union ; then gave a hearty welcome to all present.

Next a Vegetarian song, which Mr. Nolthenius is the composer, was read in the original Dutch, as also in English, German and French translations (the English has already appeared in the VEGETARIAN MESSENGER). Mr. Nolthenius seated himself at the piano, and to his accompaniment we all sang the Dutch version.

The following is a list of the papers:- ....Hugo Noilhenius, of Utrecht, *"The Soul of our Vegetarianism."

The were no further Congresses for the next 10 years due to the war. Some extracts from the report of the 1923 Congress, held in Stockholm, Sweden:


Hugo Nolthenius at the 1923 Congress

... the Roll Call of the Delegates. ... Holland - Professor Hugo Nolthenius (President of Dutch Vegetarian Society), Laren N.H. ; ...

... We give the full list of papers in alphabetical order :- ... Hugo Nolthenius "Report for the Dutch Vegetarian Society," ...

... FINANCE. The Hon. Treasurer (H. Nolthenius) next proposed that the fee for membership be settled. [when he became Treasurer is not clear, possibly back in 1913, or just before the 1923 Congress]... Hon. Treasurer: Mr. Hugo Nolthenius, of Laren, N. Holland, was re-elected. ...

Some extracts from the report of the 1926 Congress, held in London, England:

... the delegates were introduced to the assembly, ... Prof. Nolthenius (Holland), ...

... Professor NOLTHENIUS, the Hon. Treasurer, made a brief statement on the financial position of the International Vegetarian Union. ... The Honorary Secretary's report and the Honorary Treasurer's statement were duly approved and adopted. ... The following officers were elected ... Hon. Treasurer, Professor Hugo Nolthenius, Holland ; ...

Professor H. NOLTHENIUS (Holland) presided over the Thursday morning session ...At the Thursday afternoon session, ..... a paper was read by PROFESSOR H. NOLTHENIUS (Holland), on "The Ethical Basis of Vegetarianism.'' He paid tribute to the British as being among the earliest propagators by both speech and action, of the principles of vegetarianism, and also of the cause for humane treatment of animals. The sustaining power that lay behind life was love, and love forbade the killing of animals in order that their bodies might he used for food. Nature gave all animals the right to their existence, and that right should be mutually respected. In killing animals for food they interfered the course of nature. For animals this was a world of fear and death, but it was the duty of man, who claimed to he actuated by the principle of love, to shew that this was no longer necessary. ...

Some extracts from the report of the 1929 Congress, held in Steinschönau , Czechoslovakia:

Thirteen nations in all were represented at the Congress - ... Holland, .... As a result of the lamented death of Professor Nolthenius, elswhere referred to, Herr Egerod [Denmark] will now take over the position of Hon. Treasurer of the Union. ...

There was in fact no other reference to the death of Prof Nolthenius, presumably left out by the editor.

 

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