Scientific and Cultural Conference for World Peace

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The Scientific and Cultural Conference for World Peace was held on March 25 - 27, 1949 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. It was arranged by a Communist Party USA front organization known as the National Council of the Arts, Sciences, and Professions. The conference was a follow-up to a similar gathering, the strongly anti-America, pro-Soviet World Congress of Intellectuals which was held in Poland, August 25 - 28, 1948.[1]

The authors of the review of the SCCWP carried out by the Committee on Un-American Activities observed of the Conference,

"A supermobilization of the inveterate wheelhorses and supporters of the Communist Party and its auxiliary organizations."[1]

Affiliations of Sponsors

Sponsors' Affiliated Organizations

list detailing various organizations of which sponsors of the SCCWP have been members

Communist Front Affiliations of Sponsors

list detailing the involvement of sponsors of the SCCWP with various Communist Front organizations. Page 1, Page 2

Purpose of the Conference

In their April 19, 1949 review of the conference, the Committee on Un-American Activities stated that the purpose of the conference could summarized as follows:

  1. To provide a propagandist forum against the Marshall plan, the North Atlantic Defense Pact, and American foreign policy in general.
  2. To promote support for the foreign policy of the Soviet Union.
  3. To mobilize American intellectuals in the field of arts, science, and letters behind this program even to the point of civil disobedience against the American Government.
  4. To prepare the way for the coming World Peace Congress to be held in Paris on April 20 to 23, 1949, with similar aims in view on a world scale and under similar Communist auspices.
  5. To discredit American culture and to extol the virtues of Soviet culture.[1]

Moscow Approval

At all stages Moscow was outspoken in its approval of the Scientific and Cultural Conference for World Peace. The fact that the following representatives of Soviet culture had been permitted to attend the conference is just one indication:[1]

The following representatives from Communist Czechoslovakia were in attendance at the Conference:

The following were in attendance from Poland:

The Moscow press and radio was also outspoken in its approval of the Congress for World Peace, a Conference linked to the SCCWP.

Participants

Participants at the Conference as listed in the Review of the Scientific and Cultural Conference for World Peace which was published by the Committee on Un-American Activities, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C., on April 19, 1949:[1]

U.S. Musical Figures

The following U.S. composers and musicians were present at the conference and/or failed to express disapproval of the Soviet debasement of culture:

List of Sponsors

The following is a list of the 560 sponsors of the SCCWP conference as listed in the Review of the Scientific and Cultural Conference for World Peace which was published by the Committee on Un-American Activities, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C., on April 19, 1949.[1]

Certain persons Included in the published list withdrew their affiliations from the conference. All such names which came to the attention of the committee have been omitted from this list.

Panel Moderators and Chairmen

Panel Speakers

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Review of the Scientific and Cultural Conference for World Peace by the Committee on Un-American Activities, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C., April 19, 1949