Feb 25, 2021 - Sale 2559

Sale 2559 - Lot 27

Price Realized: $ 8,750
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Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 7,500
"THOSE WHO WANT TO DO HUMANITARIAN SERVICE NEED NOT JOIN ANY RED CROSS SOCIETY" GANDHI, MOHANDAS K. Letter Signed, "MKGandhi," to Edmund Elmar Mack ("Dear Mr. Mack"), in English, explaining that he could not answer sooner because of his physician's order to reduce work to a minimum, remarking that he has loved working for the Red Cross during various military conflicts but he cannot advocate joining organizations that are part of the machinery of war, and remarking that, if times were happier, he would recommend that young people learn first aid from the Red Cross. 3 1/2 pages, 8vo, written on two sheets, "Sevagram" stationery; faint scattered foxing overall, folds. Sevagram, 10 December 1940

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". . . Red Cross work I love. I did it during the Boer War & again during what was then called the Zulu rebellion and yet again during the late war. . . . Therefore I do not need any demonstration of the value of such work. But organised Red Cross work has as much a humanitarian as a political side to it. It is part of the war machinery. As an out and out war resister, I cannot identify myself with it. I have, therefore . . . opposed people . . . joining the Indian Red Cross Society. But I have done no propaganda against it. I have guided those who have asked my opinion. Those who want to do humanitarian service need not join any Red Cross Society. . . . Like the Good Samaritan they will have excellent opportunities of rendering silent service whenever it comes their way. . . . In happier times I should carry on propaganda for introducing genuine Red Cross work as part of the education syllabus at its early stage so that a young lad or lass of 15 years would be able to render first aid to any person who is in need of it."