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Norwegian's Idea Basis 0f UN Child Aid
A slender Norwegian with a big
idea is having one of the most
exciting times of his eventful life
this month at United Nations
headquarters here.
He is Aake Ording. 48—year~old
Director of the United Nations
Appeal for Children (UNAC).
which is beginning its world-wide
campaign in February in the Un
ited States. Canada, Czechoslo
vakia and the Scandinavian coun
UNAC — basing its program on
Mr. Ording‘s idea — is asking ev
erybody to give one day's pay. in
come, profits or work to help
feed and clothe from two to three
hundred million children where
war has created appalling needs.
The idea behind UNAC, says
Mr. Ording. starts from a funda
mental philosophy: give the people
of the world simple ways to solve
problems and they’ll work togeth
The result of putting that phil
osophy to work marks the first
time that the United Nations.
through UNAC, has gone directly
to the people, not their govern
ments, for help in solving a great
world problem.
National committees for UNAC
now are active or in the process
of formation in 44 countries, rep
resenting the people themselves.
The committee will collect con
tributions and turn the majority
of the funds over to the UNAC.
which will then give them to the
International Children's Emergen~
cy Fund (ICEF). ICEF. another
U. N. agencv. is alreadv distribu
ting life-giving food and clothing.
Mr. Ording began promoting his
idea of going directly to the peo
ple when governments couldn't
help while he was Norwav's dele
gate to the now-dissolved United
Nations Relief and Rehabilitation
Adminhtration iUNRRA.) After
UNRRA decided to break up in
1946; Mr. Ording combined his
idea with the one dav‘s pay pro
posal and presented it to the U. N.
General Assembly.
The Assembly approved the
idea, the Economic and Social
Counc'l worked out the machinery
and. eatlv in 1947. Mr‘ Ording was
appointed to put into practice
what hp had been preaching.
Heln'ng people work ingethvr
is an important part of .‘Ir. 0rd—
ingԤ background, A tradv un
ion and tax lawyer in Norway.
News in Brief
The {-it\' of Stockholm snmn‘
time in September received its‘
700900131 inhabitant. On January
firs‘, - Of 1947, the population
numbered 690.108 and by this time
it is estimated to be around
Set Svanholm, Swedish Vi'agner
ian‘tanor. and Miss Blanche The-z
bompsoprano of Swedish extracm
tionwhave recently scored greati
triumphs at the San Francisco Op
era. Miss Thebo'n has appeared as
Amneris in “Aida" and Mr. Svan
holm has been heard as Siegfried
in Wagner's “Gdtterdfimmerung.”
The f irlt inter-Scandinavian
Folk High School was inaugu
rated November 2 at Kungfilv, a
small historic city on Sweden's
we“, coast.
The Oar-am Works, formerly
Oman-owned manufacturers of
elentric bulbs, located in Sweden.
harbeen sold to the Swedish Co
operative League with the permis
sion of the Swedish Government
for-n sum which is claimed to be
6 Mllion kronor.
Gunner Westin. dmtor of the
olibgy and professor in rpligiou:T
history at l'psala University, has
been in‘hted by the Mississippi
Valley Historical Associatmn to
give a series of lectures in April.
1908. He has also been asked to
swear at some theological schools
andvcnlleges, Dr. West'm has ear
ltd'visited the United States as
Utlockefellcr Foundation scholar.
Aug hi- mnny books are "Th-I
My 0! Protestantism in the
m States” and "The Emi
grant: tad the Church."
, he cooperated wrth h’s country
; men in their successful attempts
w to keep living standards high.
3 And like most of his country
{ men. to whom international
trade and shipping is an econom
‘ ic necessity, he has a keen in
! tel-est in world affairs. ,
When Norway was invaded by
the Germans, Mr. Ording joined
the government and, as an im
portant official of the Ministry of
Finance, helped move all of the
assets of the Bank of Norway,
first to the far north and then to
the United Kingdom. In London.
Mr. Ording served in the Finance
Sweden Will Benefit
By Customs
NEW YORK — At the trade
conference which was held in Gen
eva. Switzerland, last summer and
autumn under American auspices.
the United States signed agree
ments with the twenty-three par
ticipating nations which call fur
a reduction of American import
duties of up to forty and fifty per
cent on certain goods and prod
ucts. Sweden did not take part in
this meeting, since it was decided
upon before Sweden became a
member of the United Nations.
However. according to an an
nouncement from the Department
of Commerce in Washington to
The Swedish Chamber of Com
merce in New York. Sweden. .0.
will benefit from these reductions
because of the existence of a most.
favored-nation agreement between
Sweden and the United States. It
is possible that some of the cuts
will apply as early as this month.
The duties on wood products
will be reduced from thirty or
forty per cent to ten per cent and
will probably apply both to sawn
lumber and to finished goods, such
as furniture. Hitherto, Sweden
‘has had almost no export of such
forest products to the United
States. which, on the other hand.
is the biggest user of Swedish
chemical wood pulp, which has
long been free of duty.
American Company to
Film Ibsen in
Sweden and Norway 3
NEW YORK a An American
film version of Henrik Ibsen’s
drama. “A Doll's House." will be
made in Sweden and Norway by
David O. Selznick. according to in
mrmation from Hollywood. Work
may begin as early as April 15,
and production manager Argyle
Nelson will soon take off for Sean
dinavia to make the preliminary
arrangements, The leading part of
"Nora" will be played by Dorothy
All interiors will be filmed in the
large. modern studios a't RAsunda.
near Stockholm, while the outdoor
scenes will be made in Norway.
When "A Doll's House" is com
pleted, Mr. Selznlck plans to con
tinue making a numba' of pictures
‘in Scandinavia. This procedure. he
Lfeels. will assure a healthy combi
ination of European freshness and
”American technique. In addition. it
xwill allow him to utilize his {men
ifunds in these countries.
In 1948 American picture pro
ducers may take out of Sweden in
dollars only one third of their
share of the receipts, while two
thirds will be held in Sweden. This
means a tightening of the restric
tions as compared with last year
when one half of the sums due
were allowed to be sent back to the
United States. However. American
producers are said to prefer this
arrangement to the British system
of heavy taxes on all imported
i Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf‘s
:wedding gift to Princess Elizabeth
;consisted of a large engraved Orte
ffors vase showing a Viking ship
under full uh. The design, exe
lcuted by ijlrd Hald. artistic
head of the glass works. was lug
!geated by the Crown Priuce. who
.dnw the preliminary sketch...
Ministry and the Ministry of Sup
ply and Reconstruction. which he
headed. Back in Norway, he be
came General Political Secretary
of the majority Labor Party.
During his escape from the Ger
mans, Mr. Ording recalls with re—
gret, he was separated from his
wife and three-month old son. It
was five years before he saw them
again. In New York now, Mr.
Ording finds himself so busy with
work that he has little time for
anything else. But he does find
hours to spend with his b‘icndc
wlt‘e, Ingrid, and his son Ebbe.
now seven years old.
Iorways Whaiers
To View Movies
OSLO—Thougn leisure hours
will be few for the 6,500-odd Nor
wegians who have left for Antarc
tic with Norway's whaling fleet,
every effort is being made to pro
vide a maximum of constructive
relaxation during off-hours.
A Norwegian committee which
has been set up to procure film
projectors, movies and libraries
for the various expeditions has al
ready secured 40 films and expects
to obtain 40 more. Norwegian
news reels will reach the Whalers
each month. and steps are being
taken to improve postal contacts
between the whaling grounds and
the Norwegian homeland.
Whaling operators are cooper
ating fully in meeting costs of the
welfare program.
‘ A fight between a sea eagle and
ya horse—a unique combat in the
‘animal world—recently occurred
ion the Swedish island of Gland.
{in the Baltic Sea. A young farm
iworker was leading his horses
‘hack from pasture at the close or
‘day, when a huge sea eagle sud
!denly dove from the sky and at
} tacked one of the horses. The bird
tried to hack at the animal's chest.
but he fended off the irate bird
with his hoofs and finally killed it
with a kick in the head. The eagle
measured seven feet from wing tip
to wing tip. The farm hand was
forced to remain a s p e c ta t o 1'
throughout the battle. having no
weapons with which to drive on
the bird.
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Norway And The
Marshall Plan
OSLO. — Norway’s vieWS on
the Marshall Plan and its relation
to Europe’s future economic
structure were recently outlined
by permanent Norwegian U. N.
delegate Minister Finn Moe be
fore the General Assembly's Com
mittee on Economic Affairs.
Minister Moe last no time in
Ipointing out the dangers of an
'east-west economic split, and ex
mrcssed the hope that the work
IoiE the 16 nations which recently
'met in Paris might in time be
‘brought in under the United Na-
Iticns Economic Commission for
Europe. Regarding N o r w a y 's
!views on the aid program itself.
Minister Mbe declared:
“It is with a feeling of sincere
gratitude that the Norwegian
Government takes note of every
effort to assist in the reconstruc- ‘
tion of Europe. My government
appreciates highly the generosity
that dictates such efforts and‘
wants to state that it does not
consider such efforts as in any
way representing a threat to the
independence of the countries in1
question." ‘
He continued to note that Nor
way “wouid have failed in its du
ty if it had not taken an active
part in the negotiations which
have just been concluded in Par
Referring to the difficult long
term reconstruction problems
which Norway shares with most
European lands, he warned against
confusing emergency measures
with long-range planning. “It
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phasized. "that an emergency is
not a good basis for a deliberate
and planned long-term policy.
That is why the Norwegian Gov—
ernment is _ somewhat doubtful
about the ultimate results of the
efforts to create a. customs union
for only some European countries."
Special stress was laid on the
unfortunate consequences which
might result from a policy cre
ated on the basis of prevailingab
normal conditions.
‘ Old Swedes Church in Wilming
ton, Del., erected by settlers of the
New Sweden colony on the banks
of the Delaware toward the end of
the 17th century. this year will
observe its 250th anniversary; it
was in the summer of 1698 that
the foundation was laid. The tem
ple is the oldest church in the
United States regularly used for
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