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They Still Draw Pictures, 1938

Photo: Archives / AFSC

During Spain’s civil war, AFSC managed 16 major “children’s colonies” in the south of France, and provided support for numerous other smaller shelters. The colonies provided education, music and dance, as well as clothing, food, and emotional support. They required significant financial resources, as did helping the many families who opened their homes to children for safe-keeping—sometimes at risk to themselves. This 1938 book, with an introduction by British pacifist and author Aldous Huxley, contains a collection of drawings by the children and was sold to raise money to keep the colonies going. Huxley ends his introduction with this thought:

“The most that individual men and women of good will can do is to work on behalf of some general solution of the problem of largescale violence and, meanwhile to succour those who, like the child artists of this exhibition, have been made the victims of the world's collective crime and madness.”

Created Date 
Jan 21, 2016

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