The Lure of Africa Lingers
SOURCE: The Lure of Africa Lingers For Retired Union Official, Long Island Press, July 14, 1963.
LONG ISLAND STAR-JOURNAL TUESDAY, AUGUST 20, 1963
Esperantist Returns Home
Mi vidis multe dum la lastaj tri semajnoj.
Thats Esperanto for Ive seen a great deal of the world in the past three weeks.
And it describes what Mark Starr of Long Island City, labor educator, lecturer and world traveler, has been doing this summer.
Hes just returned from Sofia, Bulgaria, where he attended the 48th annual Kongreso de la Universala Esperanto-Asocio, or World Congress of Esperanto Associations. Esperanto is a world-wide language.
STARR also visited Hamburg, Germany, where he met with a workers Esperanto group, and Vienna, Austria, here [sic] he toured the government subsidized Esperanto archives.
He attended the Sofia meeting as a delegate of the New York Committee of the Esperanto League of North America.
Starr said nearly 3,500 Esperantists from 45 nations attended the meeting including groups from behind the Iron Curtain. Delegates were greeted by Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister Georgi Traikov, and Sofias mayor, Georgi Petkov.
There were meetings of special groups at the congress, including doctors, scientists, teachers, journalists, and various religious groupsall able to converse in the same language.
The educator taught himself the international language during World War I, when he lived in England.
SOURCE: Esperantist Returns Home, Long Island Star-Journal, August 20, 1963.
As part of the relaxing of tension with the signing of the treaty to limit nuclear tests, the Soviet government for the first time since the war let a delegation of Esperantist Soviet citizens meet there with 15 citizens of USA and with others from many other different lands.
All came at their individual expense for face-to-face contact with fellow human beings. Section meetings of special groups included those of the medicos, geographers, scientists, teachers, journalists, pacifists, the blind, Rotarians, humanists and various religious groups. Concurrent with the general program was a daily seminar of 250 students to acquire the direct method for teaching Esperanto.There was also special sessions confined to the blind and to children.
The daily items of the Kongreso shared the front page of the two official papers with huge manifestoes praising the treaty, criticizing Pekin and making favorable comment upon the current visit of U. S. Sec. Orville L. Freeman. The picture display at U. S. legation drew curious viewers from morn to night.
Huge green and white banners bore the slogan Unueco estas Forto and there could be no mistaking the friendly curiousity about USA and the outside world to which the auxiliary language gave expression. Bulgaria has already introduced Esperanto into its high schools and its example will influence other Balkan nations and UNESCO to follow the example.
SOURCE: Starr, Mark. Esperantists Attend Convo in Bulgaria, Kenosha Labor, August 29, 1963.
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