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Hans Blumenfeld

Hans Blumenfeld died on January 30. In the March Bulletin we published a memorial to him by our President, George Ignatieff, recalling especially his magnificent contribution over many years to the cause of peace. One aspect of that contribution was his creation of the Franz Blumenfeld Peace Fund, in memory of his brother who died in the first world war. The Fund is now in the care of Science for Peace, and its purpose is to award grants to assist projects in peace education and research.

Many people responded to the invitation to make a contribution to the Fund in memory of Hans. Some of their letters were accompanied by personal thoughts about him: Helen Burpee wrote “I have admired his steadfast and effective work for peace through all the years he has been in Toronto”; Derek Quin recalled “I used to see Hans at demonstrations for peace, and, although I didn’t know him well, I liked him as a person and for his dedication”. The donations make a useful addition to the Fund’s endowment.

Should you wish to make such a contribution, the cheque should be addressed to Science for Peace and accompanied by a letter stating that the donation is intended for the Franz Blumenfeld Peace Fund. Donations are tax-deductible. Enquiries should be directed to Professor Christian Bay, Science for Peace, University College, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1A1.

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