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the Independent Labour Party, and of the Fabian Society and War Resisters’ International.
[2]On 5 March (see Doc. 439).
[3]In 1921, the international pacifist organization Paco was founded at a conference in the Dutch
town of Bilthoven. In 1923, the organization was moved to London and adopted the name War Resist-
ers’ International. Its main aim was to implement the declaration that war is a crime against humanity.
The International Fellowship of Reconciliation was founded in December 1921 at Cambridge by Brit-
ish Quaker Henry Hodgkin and German Protestant Friedrich Siegmund-Schulze. The fellowship was
founded as a Christian pacifist group, aimed at fostering peaceful relations between countries (see
Cockburn 2012, pp. 46–47, and Schroeder 2013, p. 99).
[4]A “Manifesto” calling on the League of Nations to demand the abolition of general conscription
in all countries was attached in the two languages ([44 159] and [44 160]).
[5]Russell (1872–1970) was a British philosopher, mathematician, socialist, pacifist, freelance
writer, and lecturer.
443. From Heike Kamerlingh Onnes
Leiden, 24 Febr 1925
Lieber Freund,
Es hat mir sehr viel Freude gemacht, daß Sie doch noch Gelegenheit gehabt ha-
ben Lorentz zu überreden nicht 11 Dec. in Amerika zu
verbringen.[1]
Ich war eben
in Begriff Zeeman und
Fokker[2]
interlocal telefonisch um Mächtigung zu bitten
Lorentz dringendst im Namen seiner sämmtlichen intimen Freunde zu bitten 11
Dec. hier zu sein als schon Ihre Nachricht an
Ehrenfest[3]
und gleichzeitig ein Brief
von Lorentz an mich eintraf welche alle Sorgen wegnahmen. Besten Dank! Nun
darf ich noch wohl ein Punkt der Agenda bei Ihnen in Erinnerung zu bringen: mir
den genauen Namen des Herrn v. Siemens zu schreiben, damit ich Planck und
Laue[4]
bitten kann diesen Herrn einzuladen.
Mit herzlichen Grüssen treulich Ihr ergebenster
H. Kamerlingh Onnes
ALSX. [14 387]. Written on personal letterhead.
[1]The date in question would be the fiftieth anniversary of Hendrik A. Lorentz’s doctorate. Orig-
inally, Lorentz had planned to be in the United States at that date, but during a visit to Haarlem on
13 February, Einstein had persuaded him to postpone his trip (see also Lorentz to Paul Ehrenfest,
14 February 1925, NL-LeRM, Ehrenfest Archive).
[2]Pieter Zeeman; Adriaan Fokker. See also Doc. 361, note 2, for the composition of the Lorentz
golden doctorate anniversary fund.
[3]Paul Ehrenfest.
[4]Friedrich Carl von Siemens; Max Planck; Max von Laue.
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