World Refugee Year to boost aid to some 20 million people whose life appears without hope, whose bounds are the fences and walls of refugee camps ...
World Refugee Year to boost aid to some 20 million people whose life appears without hope, whose bounds are the fences and walls of refugee camps ... In Geneva October 13 at the office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees an award want to one of the men who has given "outstanding" service to the world's uprooted people. The award: The Nansen Medal for 1959 for service to refugees. Among the holders are Eleanor Roosevelt and Queen Juliana of Holland. The man: Oskar Helmer, former Austrian Interior Minister and representative of a country for which "the right of asylum is a matter of the heart."
U.N. Director of the European Office, Signor, P.P.Spinelli presiding recalled Herr Helmer had known suffering himself. Acknowledging the award from U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Dr. A.R.Lindt, Herr Helmer said that from 1934 to 1938 he endured imprisonments and political persecution. This Signor Spinelli said perhaps gave an extra impetus to his subsequent work for victims of war and its aftermath. The guest speaker was British MP Christopher Chataway one of the four young Britons who conceived the idea of a World Refugee Year.