Lida Gustava Heymann to Emily Greene Balch, March 16, 1920


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Münich, March 16, 1920.

Dear Miss Balch,

I submit the application: The International Women's League for Peace and Freedom wants to send a commission, consisting of 3 people, to Russia and the Ukraine in order to subject the prevailing conditions there to a precise examination on the spot.

Reason. That the Russian conditions do not correspond to the popular press reports is already a fairly well-known [fact?], But in order to be fully informed about things, a personal inspection is absolutely necessary.

I go so far as to assert that if the women's league wants to make proposals to revise the Treaty of Friendship, it can only do so if it has first informed itself personally about the things that are going on in the East. New things are in the making there, we have to know exactly what in order to formulate our proposals accordingly--

I have limited the number of official commissions to 3 people because, in my opinion, the costs of the International Women's League [have to be borne?] For them. However, other people who want to pay for their trip themselves should be released to go with the commission, to work and enjoy the benefits that are usually granted to the participants of an official xxx commission.

I ask for my application to be dealt with as quickly as possible and I hand in your best wishes,


(signed) Lida Gustava Heymann.

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