Record no. Notes, topics or text

Kang asks BR for information on Graham Wallas, the subject of Kang's doctoral dissertation.


Kang thanks BR for his reply on Wallas (record 4194), which included directing Kang to McMaster.


Birthday greetings and a message of hope as "more and more Americans are becoming aware of their individual responsibility to work for Peace."


Kotsaki expresses "our deep feelings for your efforts for the Greek political prisoners". He mentions that they have published BR's letter. The letterhead is in Greek.


Lamont recounts that on a speaking tour, "I always received applause when I brought you in as the supreme example of what humanist ethics mean in the world today."


Leary debates BR on the subject of relations between the US and the USSR and refers to their earlier exchange. Someone has noted at the top: "Wars of the Roses, no less!"


BR critiques Leary's "devastingly dangerous convictions" and objects to his "imposing your illness on hundreds of millions of people".


A plea to Russell to help her sons emigrate from Rumania to Israel.


BR will write to the President of Rumania on Lederman's behalf. See record 65124.


On Levi's son, Victor Levi, sentenced for life as a political prisoner in Egypt. Levi saw that BR was president of the British committee to liberate Greek political prisoners.

A draft of the reply in Schoenman's hand is at the foot of the letter with a message to Pam [Pamela Wood]: "Please type a copy of attached sheet and send to Benensen" [of Amnesty]. See record 132065.


Lieberman's analysis of the Cold War leads him to believe that Russia is more at fault. He cannot find a refutation in BR's works.


BR refutes Lieberman's contention that Russia is more at fault in the Cold War. "The wickedness of both sides lies essentially in their mutual willingness to put paltry national advantage before survival."


Lieberman concedes that "assigning guilt for the conflict is a rather absurd occupation".


BR writes: "It is extremely encouraging to me to find that someone who enquires about my views respects what I say and actually changes his mind in the light of it."


A thank-you letter from BR to the co-producers who brought Oh! What a Lovely War! to the stage at Theatre Royal Stratford East, London. BR attended a performance, at the end of which he was honoured. He comments on the impact of the First World War on his life.


Lunsford is an American high school student asking for BR's advice on writing a term paper entitled "The Possibility of Accidental Atomic Warfare". (The date is taken from BR's reply.)


BR addresses "the threat of accidental nuclear war" in "this electronic age".


In French. BR is asked to sign an appeal on behalf of Ben Bella and other Algerian victims.


Schoenman tells Merle that BR is willing to sign the new appeal on behalf of Ben Bella.


Meyer recounts his experience of being "eliminated from the Army of The United States". There is shorthand at the top of the letter.


Meyer is asked to keep "us" informed of developments (in the Army's disciplining of Meyer).


BR is carbon-copied on the letter, along with Khrushchev, Castro, "M. Tung" (Mao) and others.


BR has cabled Nasser for amnesty for Syed Kutib and other members of the Moslem Brotherhood.


The Society requests support for Syed Kutib and other members of the Moslem Brotherhood imprisoned in Egypt. A draft reply in Schoenman's hand is on the telegram. See record 132131.


Musgrave talks about having worked at Telegraph House when it was home to Beacon Hill School: "How kind you were! What a privilege to listen, during those few months, to your wit and wisdom over the evening meal!" Etc., etc. See record 56958.


BR replies: "I doubt I deserve all that you say, but it is rewarding to know that one's efforts were not entirely in vain."

"Musgrove" appears in a Name field because that's how the name is (incorrectly) spelled in BR's letter.


Naeve writes about an upcoming women's peace protest at the Hague and asks BR to attend. She has read his statement to the peace rally for women of NATO countries.


Probably addressed to a Bolivian ambassador ("Your Excellency") or high government official, the letter concerns French journalist Régis Debray, detained in Bolivia.


BR discusses the recent moon landing. The letter is edited by Barry Feinberg, possibly while he was working on Dear Bertie … or Bertrand Russell's America. Another copy is at record 118714. A quotation, presumably from Neilands' letter, is inserted at the foot.

For the signed original, see record 118714.


Neill's comments on Telegraph House when it was home to Beacon Hill School and laments difficulties facing Summerhill School. He writes very humorously. "Why weren't you in N. Wales when I was in Bryn Llewelyn, Festinog?"


BR tells Neill he has "signed the joint letter to The Times" re Summerhill.


BR asks: "Is there anything that can be done about the evil and quite unnecessarily cruel situation of the so-called 'Communists' in Greece?" The document is a typed copy of a letter BR must have written by hand. It is with a TL(TC,CAR).


Re Greek political prisoners: Noel-Baker's son, Francis, succeeded in getting 4,000 of 6,000 prisoners released. Ambatielos is mentioned.


BR is sorry Noel-Baker has not been well and is glad that Francis Noel-Baker is working hard to liberate Greek political prisoners.


A letter to the editor, signed and folded. Yet this or a very similar letter was published. Re "political persecution in West Germany of those who oppose rearmament and the acquisition of nuclear arms." Hans Fladung is mentioned in both this and the published version.


Wood suggests an appointment for Mr. Pasha with David Horowitz and Dr. Taghizadah to discuss "the 54 people arrested in Iran".


Patterson requests BR's assistance on behalf of an American pilot, Porter Halyburton, being held prisoner in North Vietnam.


BR writes: "I do not favour the release of United States' pilots taken prisoner by the North Vietnamese." "All those who embark upon war crimes should consider their consequences before doing." (Another copy is at record 106399.)


Patterson approves of BR's refusal to request the release of a pilot held captive in North Vietnam (DRV). He looks forward to BR's Autobiography and has written letters to the press defending BR.


Pauling encloses his tribute to BR on his 90th birthday. See record 132320.


BR asks Pauling to join him at the 9 September demonstration (at the Air Ministry). He hopes Dolci, Schweitzer and Sartre will attend.


Pauling writes about the "mass demonstration on September 9" (at the Air Ministry) that he plans to attend.


Yule writes as Secretary to BR regarding the demonstration in London on September 9 that Pauling plans to attend.


BR asks Pauling to look into the "methyl bromide poisoning" of a Mrs. Lamb and her husband at Harvard.


BR encloses (not present) a letter to Philippine President Macapagal about Pomeroy's wife.


Quintero is General Secretary. BR's letter includes a statement on the 5,000 political prisoners in Venezuela.


Rabinowitch refuses BR's invitation to serve on the War Crimes Tribunal, and gives his reasons at length.


BR rebuts Rabinowitch's letter of February 3 (record 132156) at length in defence of the IWCT and against US aggression in Vietnam.


Rai is President of the association. BR writes on the 19th anniversary of Indian independence.


BR is asked to provide a message for the celebration on 6 December 1966. BR provides a birthday greeting for Thomas.


BR provides a message on the 80th birthday of Norman Thomas.


BR thanks Roa for "your enclosures" and provides a statement condemning the "imprisonment of trade unionists in Madrid". There are two copies.


For the enclosure, see record 132305.


The letter is on letterhead with the Polish name of the committee. Rusinek praises BR's letter to the Spanish ambassador in London re political prisoners. BR's draft reply is in Schoenman's hand at the foot of the letter.


BR was delighted to receive Rusinek's letter (record 132164).


In a harsh reply to BR's letter of October 7, Santa Cruz calls BR's view of Spain "emotional". Edith Russell noted at the top: "No reply called for".


Schneider's father complains to this day of being deprived of BR as a teacher at CCNY.


At Schneider's request, BR provides a comment on the CCNY case. He compares American dogma and cruelty in 1940 (when BR lost his income) and now.


BR has written to Mr. Rodinov in Riga.


David Susskind is visiting London and wants to interview BR for his television show.


Shapiro is an American student seeking BR's advice on avoiding the draft.


BR hopes that Shapiro will not leave the US, since change is needed there.


Parole is refused for Sobell's husband, Morton Sobell.


Smithback seeks BR's advice about relocating from the US to England because of frustration over the Vietnam War.


BR advises Simthback to stay in the US and continue to protest the War. He provides Russell Stetler's address.


BR writes to the editor on behalf of cultural facilities for Soviet Jews.


BR's name and Stravinsky's "will mean a great deal" to Larisa Bogoraz Daniel and Pavel Litvinov.


Attached to letter from Spender to BR, 14 January 1968; see record 132177.

This article,, claims that BR signed a letter with many others “49 years ago”, which is impossible. What


The Times article is by Ruth Smeeth, former Labour MP and now head of Index on Censorship. Her article linked below describes the founding of the organization. Wikipedia has more:

“The original inspiration for Index on Censorship came from two Soviet dissidents, Pavel Litvinov, grandson of the former Soviet Foreign Minister, Maxim Litvinov, and Larisa Bogoraz, the former wife of the writer, Yuli Daniel, who had written to The Times in 1968 calling for international condemnation of the rigged trial of two young writers and their typists on charges of 'anti-Soviet agitation and propaganda'. (One of the writers, Yuri Galanskov, died in a camp in 1972).

“Spender organised a telegram of support and sympathy from 16 British and US public intellectuals, including W.H. Auden, A.J. Ayer, Yehudi Menuhin, J. B. Priestley, Paul Scofield, Henry Moore, Bertrand Russell and Igor Stravinsky, among others. In reply Litvinov suggested, in a letter later published in Index's first issue, for some form of publication "to provide information to world public opinion about the real state of affairs in the USSR". [BR was personally acquainted with nearly all of them.]

In this, Wikipedia is echoing Spender’s statement in the first issue of Index on Censorship. He quotes the text of the telegram that BR signed: “'We, a group of friends representing no organization, support your statement, admire your courage, think of you and will help in any way possible.” (

The telegram is at BRACERS,, with the full list of signatories. The date is January 1968. BR also made a BBC statement. A movement was soon formed to take the side of writers who had been oppressed by their governments.

Although it might appear that BR’s name was used after he had died, “49 years ago” is a simple mistake arising out of the early history of the growth of the Index on Censorship movement. BR did sign what Smeet says he signed.


BR is urged to intervene in the case of composer Mikis Theodorakis. Note at the top: Reply dictated.


Stone requests a copy of "Soviet Jewry statement".


"Appeal airmailed you express Wednesday morning."


Johnson inquires into rebroadcasting or distributing BR's appearance on Open End (B&R E62.10).


Turner notes that a message from BR was read to the all-party meeting on Spain in the House of Commons. There is a shaky "O.K." in BR's hand and a marginal line by the paragraph making the request. Asks BR to have his name added to list of organization's sponsors.


BR thanks Turner for adding his name to the resolution on Spain and agrees to have his name added to Appeal's list of sponsors. (Yet the name is missing from the letterhead at record 132186.)


Turner thanks BR for his message to the West-European Conference for Spain. They will be issuing a newsletter referring to the conference and will send it to BR.


BR is Honorary President of the Committee. A letter from Rosa Alarco is quoted: BR's telegram was published.


BR is encouraged by the efforts on behalf of Hugo Blanco.


Wade seeks BR's advice on how to respond to being drafted into the US military.


Wasserman requests BR's advice on resistance to the Vietnam War. He refers to BR writing him 4 years earlier.


BR promotes the IWCT for stopping the Vietnam War, rather than prayers, petitions, or armed resistance.


She asks for BR's autograph and favourite quotation. The letter shows editing by Barry Feinberg, possibly while he was working on Dear BR ….

The original is not to be found, although it was photocopied for editing.


BR supplies his favourite quotation: "'Lord, what fools these mortals be' (Puck)." The letter shows editing by Barry Feinberg, possibly while he was working on Dear BR…. Another copy is at record 5004.


BR thanks Willey for sending him documents that were given to Willey, a British tourist, in Leningrad by a Russian seeking BR's help. Written at the top by Schoenman: "Political Prisoners File".


BR tells Willey that the Russian who wrote to Willey was denied new housing despite having been evicted.


The letter is a form letter sent to secretaries of the branches of the YCND. There are major topic notes and a note re "£500" on the verso in Schoenman's hand.


BR's letter to the editor concerning Regis Debray will not be printed (likely it was B&R C67.14 or similar to it).


The Yen brothers are sending presents to BR and Schoenman.


The Yens are allowed to see their parents for 2 weeks a month.


Schoenman thanks the Yens for the present of a beautiful tray.


BR discusses Marriage and Morals and eugenics. "Fornication", BR writes, "remains frightening to the established order because it is anarchic.…"


BR thanks Fisher for the book about the Fulmars and wonders why he would, "even temporarily, abandon a life of such exciting adventure for the dusty lucubrations of philosophic book-worms". He declines Fisher's offer to send him a memorandum. BR will wait for the final. 

Noted at the top of the file is "Wisdom of the West" in pencil.

The letter was tucked inside a copy of Vernunft und Atomkrieg.

The dictation for this letter is available at record 15467.


Nehru is not planning on setting up a Committee of Scientists regarding a new world war, in particular one with nuclear weapons. If Lonsdale has any information on the subject from the perspective of Scientsts, he would be interested.

Cambridge University, Chuchill College, Churchill Archives Centre; Joseph Rotblat Archvies, RTBT 5/1/1/1.


Rabinowitch thanks Rotblat for his letter of 1954/05/10. He is exploring the levels of interest in an international meeting on Science and Public Affairs, and would like to know if he should visit London to discuss this with Rotblat and others "when your organization has its annual meeting". Dr. Weisskopf is interested and can also attend. He encloses a memo and questionnaire on the subject (included).

Cambridge University, Chuchill College, Churchill Archives Centre; Joseph Rotblat Archvies, RTBT 5/1/1/1.


Rabinowitch thanks Rotblat for his letter of 1955/05/19. He is unable to bin London on May 4th, but could be there for the 7th. He would also like to talk with BR and Rudolf Peierls.

Cambridge University, Chuchill College, Churchill Archives Centre; Joseph Rotblat Archvies, RTBT 5/1/1/1.


Edith sends Rotblat something on the "CND fuss" (not extant).

Cambridge University, Chuchill College, Churchill Archives Centre; Joseph Rotblat Archvies, RTBT 5/1/1/1.