Clement Attlee makes lengthy speech about peace and tolerance at US conference.
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British Socialist Leader of the Opposition Clement Attlee in New York, United States of America.
American newsreel titles read: 'IDLEWILD'.
L/S of Attlee posing on steps of BOAC airliner at Idlewild Airport. L/S of Attlee walking to air terminal. C/U of Attlee speaking into microphones (natural sound). He says he is glad to be talking at the gathering in Philadelphia that evening because "all of us are profoundly interested in world peace, and one of the foundations of world peace is a good understanding between all peoples". He talks of nothing being more injurious to peace than race prejudice.
Several shots of Attlee signing visitors book. C/U of two unknown delegates. General views of the convention in session. L/S of delegates standing and applauding. C/Us of delegates speaking (African [?] and Oriental). C/Us of Attlee speaking (no sound.) C/U of Attlee speaking (natural sound). He talks of Europe and how it suffered very terribly in the war. He says that a great spiritual contest is raging between people who are the inheritors of the great civilisations of Greece, Rome and Palestine and the people who are willingly or unwillingly under the domination of a new creed. He says the essential beliefs of the western world are safe in democracy. He talks of the Russian Communist Empire.
He says "We're seeking to create an Atlantic community, because you on this side of the Atlantic are also the inheritors of the European tradition - we have indeed a common heritage to defend". He talks of concerns in building up sufficient armaments to deter any would be aggressors and of building up a community interest between the peoples. He talks of Communism being a militant creed that has some attractions. He says "the reason for the iron curtain being posed by Russia is not fear of our learning their secrets, but their fear that the people of Russia should learn what life is like in the free countries". He says that "Our task today is to strengthen ... intercommunication between the free peoples". He covers unity in Europe and the question of a European federation. He speaks of Britain being a link between many countries in many continents, so he does not believe that Britain can federate with other countries in Europe.
He rounds up by saying that the hallmark of civilisation is tolerance, not tolerance of evil, but tolerance of differences. He talks of the motto 'Fellowship Is Life', founded on the conception of the brotherhood of man. He finishes by wishing them "God's speed in your work." Applause from the gathering.
Transcription of entire speech on file.