The Intellectuals and Europe's Future
In September of 1946, a meeting of European intellectuals was held in Geneva. This meeting was organized by a committee of distinguished Swiss leaders in thought, such as M. Babel (appropriately named, at our polyglot meetings), President of the University of Geneva, and Ernst Ansermet, the conductor.
The meetings were called Rencontres Internationales de Genève. The organizers meant it to be the first of a series of such meetings to be held in Geneva. One may guess that their motives in summoning the meeting were somewhat mixed. By this I do not mean that they were in any way discreditable, but that the desire to have a serious discussion of the problems of Europe was mixed with that of making Geneva an international center of discussion again after the collapse of the League of Nations, and of making Switzerland an international center for intellectual life.
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