World Congress of Intellectuals

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The World Congress of Intellectuals. was held in Wroclaw (Breslau), Poland, August 25 - 28, 1948.[1]

Anti-America Theme

One of the delegates to the congress was Bryn J. Hovde, head of the New School for Social Research. He described his experiences as follows, giving an illuminating picture of the meeting's tenor and purposes:

"Every speech insulting the Unit-ed States and glorifying the Soviets was wildly applauded. After the first speech by the Soviet novelist, Alexander Fadiejew, a speech which for vituperation was never excelled and which set the tone for the Congress. I wound up with a strong statement of democracy as the only basis for peace. No speaker at the Congress got a colder reception."

Dr. Julian Huxley, director general of UNESCO, who also attended the meeting summed up his impression of the proceedings as follows:

"The Congress from the outset took a political turn; there was no real discussion and the great majority of speeches were either strictly Marxist analyses of current trends, or else polemical attack on American or western policy and culture."[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Review of the Scientific and Cultural Conference for World Peace by the Committee on Un-American Activities, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C., April 19, 1949