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O.C. SAN FRANCISCO, June 26. Youth itself, determined never again to be made the tool of Fascistminded governments as instruments of war, plans a World Youth Conference in London this autumn patterned after the San Francisco United Nations Conference. A recent arrival in San Francisco to describe the work of the London-born, warborn World Youth Council and its place in the post-war pattern of international understanding, was a 26-year-old Danish merchant seaman, Lieutenant Svend-Aage Beyer-Peder-sen.-He went to sea when he was 14, escaped from Denmark the day of the Na2i invasion, and was interned and beaten by Irish occupation forces when his ship took refuge in Limerick harbour. Escaping to England and going to sea again in a Danish ship, he was nominated for the Danish National Council by the Danish Seamen's Union—one of the youngest of his countrymen to represent Denmark in London during the Nazi occupation. In 1942 Lieutenant Beyer-Ped-ersen was in on the birth of the World Youth Council, made up- of refugee youth fleeing the occupied countries of Europe and the Far East. •

From 100 to 300 refugee boys and girls a week arrived in England from Norway, Denmark, Holland, France, Yugoslavia and other countries feeling the Axis' heel, Lieutenant Pedersen said.

A constitution was hammered out by the council, representing 32 Allied nations, during the bombing of London. More than 4000 boys and girls, from 16 to 30, helped in educating each other in what his or her particular country was doing to collect clothes, scrap, food and build morale.

Lieutenant Beyer-Peldersen explained how in many occupied countries secret meetings were held to spread the ideals of the World Youth Council —how youth throughout the world were helping to wipe out Fascism. He described how 26 3'oung people, led by a 17-year-old girl, fought through enemy lines to reach Tito's hideout in Yugoslavia for a World Youth Council meeting —and only 13 came through alive. The World Youth Council newscaper, he said, publishes 300,000 copies a day. One practical result of the council, it is hoped, will be the decrease of illiteracy among Europe's young generation. In preparation for American youth's participation in the London "Youth Uncio," a two-day meeting will be held in. Washington, during which time the 25 United States delegates will be informed by the State Department on government policies pertaining to youth. The United States youth delegates were chosen from 46 youth organisations, among them the Y.W.C.A., Y.M.C.A., Zionist Youth Council and American Youth for Democracy.

The London conference, to be held from August 29 to September 6, will be conducted along lines similar to Uncio organisation, stressing particularly youth's part in relief and rehabilitation, racialism, Nazi corruption of German youth, education and spiritual and medical aid. Among the presidents of the council are Sir Stafford Cripps, Jan Masaryk, Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, President Avila Camacho and Eduard Benes.

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YOUTH COUNCIL, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 170, 20 July 1945

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YOUTH COUNCIL Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 170, 20 July 1945

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