By Poul Duedahl
The undertaking UNESCO, as outlined simply after the tip of global battle II, is to construct 'the defenses of peace within the minds of men'. during this booklet, historians hint the routes of chosen UNESCO psychological engineering tasks from its headquarters in Paris to the member states, to evaluate UNESCO's international impact.
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12 To provide a philosophical basis for this enterprise, in 1948, UNESCO organized an international symposium under the direction of the Edgardo C. Krebs 33 French Thomist philosopher Jacques Maritain. He realized that “the problem of Human Rights involves the whole structure of moral and metaphysical (or anti-metaphysical) convictions held by each of us”. ” The solution for him was to agree that the declaration should be “given an approach pragmatic, rather than theoretical”. 13 The urgency of some of the issues to be resolved, and the immediacy of the impact and trauma of the Holocaust, suggested more concrete ways of action to Raphael Lemkin, a Polish lawyer who, like Cassin, was of Jewish descent.
This happened very early on after he joined the organization. 21 IV It was a “collegiate adventure”, as Peter Lengyel, a witness and participant of the early days of the UNESCO House at Avenue Kléber, described it. ”22 Nothing communicates better the dizzying, volcanic ambition that characterized the ﬁrst decade of UNESCO’s history than the journalistic record of its activities reﬂected on the pages of the Courier. The force behind this extraordinary publication was its founding editor, Sandy Kofﬂer.
It is well known that Boas’s anti-racist thinking got him in trouble with the director of the museum, the paleontologist Henry Fairﬁeld Osborn, and with the museum’s board, where Madison Grant, the author of The Passing of the Great Race, a book admired by Hitler, was one of the more inﬂuential members. Osborn and Grant were close friends, and leaders of the eugenics movement in the USA. Similarly, the astronomer and physicist Samuel Pierpont Langley, who became the third secretary of the Smithsonian Institution in 1887, did not favor the kind of studies which the Bureau of American Ethnology was carrying out in the ﬁeld, building an impressive ethnographic record of Indian cultures, and studying their languages, myths and rituals.