The World Youth Festival in Prague, 1947

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Most members of the British government could not forgive themselves for their confused reaction to the World Youth Congress in 1945. Ernest Bevin and Herbert Morrison, Philip Noel-Baker and Hector McNeil were just some of those who were now intensely suspicious of the WFDY and the IUS. For the past two years the Foreign Office had tried to counter the WFDY by setting up a rival non-communist body — the future World Assembly of Youth (WAY — see Chapter 9 below) — and a conference had been called for August 1948 at Westminster to set this in motion. The Foreign Office was scandalized by the refusal of the NUS to take part:

In company with two or three other communist-penetrated British youth organizations which are members of the 18–30 Conference, it voted against participation in the August International Conference and will not therefore be represented on the British delegation. Instead it has pinned its flag to the WFDY mast and is supporting the Conference of Working Youth at Warsaw in August.1

Sir Stafford Cripps and Chuter Ede, however, still supported the WFDY, and (as President of the Board of Trade and Home Secretary, respectively) they carried enough weight for the cabinet majority to proceed with caution.


Cultural Attache Youth Movement Preparatory Committee American Delegation Foreign Legion 
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Notes and References

  1. 24.
    André Kaspi, Les Américains (Paris: Point Histoire, 1986), vol. 2.Google Scholar
  2. 51.
    The American students were already represented in the IUS by a vice-president, Bill Ellis; but he represented a national coordinating committee since the Americans still had no national union. If the new NSA were to join the IUS, it could expect that American representation on the executive would be formally in its name. For more details see Peter T. Jones, The history of the National Student Association’s relations with the IUS, 1945 to 1956 (University of Pennsylvania, 1956), p. 6. The NSA would be based initially at Madison, but its international committee was from the start based at Hillel House in Cambridge, Mass., under the chairmanship of Douglas Cater. See Annual Report 1947–48 by Robert Smith, International Student Affairs Vice-President, in NSA Archives, Hoover Library, box 66.Google Scholar

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  1. 1.Centre d’études en recherches internales et stratégiquesL’ université libre de BruxellesBelgium

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