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The Children's Village: The Village of Peace - Mary Buchanan

The Bannisdale Press, 1951, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat frayed with loss at the top edge of both panels and abrasion to the spine. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank, the top corner of which is clipped. Pages lightly age-tanned.

Illustrated with black and white photographs.

From the preface: “DURING the Second World War about 200,000 children from war-stricken countries were warmly welcomed into Swiss families. After a stay of three months most of the children, strengthened in mind and body, returned to their own countries, where life was still completely unsettled and disorganised.

In Switzerland we often asked ourselves whether we could not make a more lasting contribution to alleviate the misery and suffering which arise in the wake of war.

War is no natural disaster as are pestilence, drought or floods. Wars are prepared and started by men. As the preamble of the UNESCO charter says: ‘since wars begin in the minds of men it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed. ’ And since the mind of man develops from the mind of the child, education for peace must start with the child, at an age when national, political and social prejudices are not yet ineradicably set.

To help in this task the international Pestalozzi Children’s Village was founded. The Village is not based on a Utopian educational idea; it is not meant to produce an abstract superhuman being. On the contrary, it affirms national inheritances, differences and peculiarities. But through living together in a supra-national community the children from various nations learn to understand the common denominator of their existence. Their European outlook, their world-citizenship, is not a lifeless theory, but becomes, through daily comradeship, a natural reality. And it is equally important that there should be a comradeship of the adults in the Children’s Village, forming the natural basis of its healthy life. Thus the Pestalozzi Children’s Village shows new possibilities for the building of a peaceful society.”

Foreword or introduction by Walter Robert Corti & H. J. Alexander. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 32 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.