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Will Talk Here
Place Of Russian Women
I War Will Be Topic
Iek. In Hill Auditorium
Data s First-Hand
** *

One Of The Last Men On Bataan

Louis Adamic
To Speak Here
Noted Author Is Authority
On New Immigrants
Louis Adamic, author of "The Na-
tive's Return," "My America," and
other books, will lecture here on the
subject "Tolerance Is Not Enough"
Nov. 30 in Hill Auditorium.
He is now Consultant to the De-
fense Commission in Washington. as
an expert on new-immigrant and
other related. matters. Hfe is- also en-
gaged in wliting a series of five books
in an attempt "to end the psychologi-
cal war" in America.
The first of these, "From Many
Lands," won the $1,000 Anisfield
Prize for 1940 and was termed by
Lewis Cannett, the New York Herald
Tribune's literary critic "as impor-
tant a contribution to the psychology
of national defense as any act.passed
by Congres,.
The second book in this series was
published in the spring of 1942 under
the title, "Plymouth Rock and Ellis
Island." To obtain material for these1
books, Mr. Adamic and his assistants
have travelled over 100,000 miles and!
written about 20,000 letters.

Ruth Mitchell To Give Inside Story
Of Gallant Serbian Guerrilla Band

Out of incredible suffering, priva-
tion and mortal peril, Ruth Mitchell
will bring to .Ann Arbor a touching
story of devotion to honor when she
appears Nov. 19 inM Hill Auditorium.
This American woman, sister of
"fightin'" Billy Mitchell and daugh-
ter of a U.S. Senator, will give the
inside story of how a handful of
Serbian guerrillas are virtually im-
mobilizing the Nazi troops in the
Ruth Mitchell is the only foreign
woman member of the secret and
powerful Chetniks under Gen. Draja
Mikjailovitch. She served under him
from the beginning of the war in
the Balkans until her capture on May
22, 1941, when she was court-mar-
tialed and condemned to die.
Then came a fantastic nightmare
for Mrs. Mitchell. She spent months
in Nazi prisons, first in Croatia, and
after that in Bosnia, Serbia, Austria.
Finally, she was interned at Liebenau

in Germany, her eleventh prison.
From these experiences she came to
know all the suffering and horror of
the conquered peoples in Europe who
have been sent to Nazi concentration
Her story of the heroic men, wo-
men and children who are fighting
so valiantly the cause of democracy
against almost insuperable odds in
the Balkan mountains is one of the
most moving to come out of the war.
While villages are wiped out by
the Nazis, while men go down by the
thousands, the fight against the en-
emy goes on. It is for the orphaned
and homeless children of these gal-
lant comrades that Miss Mitchell now
works, devoting the revenue she gets
from her lectures and writing to a
special fund for their support.
It is people like these, she is con-
vinced, that are already preparing
the way for the military collapse of

the Nazis throughout the whole of
Ruth Mitchell was born in Mil-
waukee. Educated at private schools
in France and Switzerland and at
Vassar College, she married an Eng-
lishman and has spent most of her
recent years abroad.
She first went to the Balkans in
1938 to attend the wedding of King
Zog of Albania to an Hungarian orin-
cess. She was then invited by the
Albanian government to stay on and
write a guide book to Albania.
It was while writing this book that
the red-headed Miss Mitchell became
interested in the Chetniks, a famous
band of Serbian guerrilla fighters.
She eventually became a member,
taking the oath over a: drawn: dagger
and a- loaded revolver before white-
haired, white-bearded Kosta Pech-
anats, the Chetnik leader.
His words to her were: "You are
now considered dead, your life-in for-
feit to the cause of Serbian freedom."

* * *
Last Man Evacuated At Bataan
WillXRelate Experiences Here

Margaret Bourke-White, world fa-
mous photographer recently returned
from. war torn Russia, will speak on'
"Russian Women in the War" Feb-
ruary 4- in Hill Auditorium as sixth.
lecturer, in the Oratorical Series. f
The outbreak of the Russo-German
conflict found Miss Bourke-White
and h~er writer husband, Erskine
Caldwell, vacationing at a Black Sea
resort many miles from Moscow.
They immediately returned to Mos-
cow and were pressed into service as
correspondents -.for -the Columbia
Broadcasting System. Their combined
daily war reviews were the first
broadcasts by foreign correspondents
to come out of Russia in many years.
It is'on material gathered during her,
sta in -Moscow that Miss Bourke-
W'hiteris basing her talk.
Started, In College
Miss Bourke-White started on her
career of picture-taking while at-
teiding_ Cornell University to help
pay.expenses. But that was only the
beginning. In the last ten years she
has covered the earth in search of
unusual and interesting pictures. A
trite perception -of many little-publi-
eized countries has been revealed
through these camera studies.
Her photography work led Miss
Bourke-White to positions as Associ-
ate Editor.: for Life and Fortune, and
as Chief Photographer for PM, the
newest New York newspaper, when
it was first organized.
Writes Also
In addition to photography, Miss
kourke -Wite has written several
books on :countries she has visited.
In 1931, she published "Eyes On
Russia", and followed it up a few
years later by "U. S. S. R.-A Port-
folio of Photographs" as a supple-
ment. "You Have Seen Their Faces",
a much discussed work of the under-
privileged children in this country,
was written in collaboration with her
husband. So also was "North of the
Danube", a documentation of the
Balkans at the outset of the Euro-
pean strife.
Photo-murals have been installed
in Radio City in New York, a living
tribute to a woman who has made a
place in a field that one usually con-
siders as reserved for men.

The last man to leave Bataan be-
fore the Japs took over for good will
appear here on+-Oct. 15 in Hill Audi-
torium to tell an Oratorical Associa-
tion audience about the courage and
heroism of the defenders of the Phil-
Col. Carlos P. Romulo, who fought
side by side with General MacArthur
as his aide-de-camp, confidant and
friend, will describe that gallant
struggle from the inside, with an ac-
curacy and vividness possible only to
a member of General MacArthur's
Colonel Romulo's escape from Ba-
taan-the last man to leave before
America's surrender-in a decrepit
old plane that had literally been
fished from the bay and his dramatic
flight to Mindanao and from there
to Australia to join MacArthur are
among the most colorful stories to
come out of the war in the Pacific.
But it is not his own experiences
that Colonel Romulo wants to tell
about. He is more interested in tell-
ing the United States just what war
means-something to impress upon
the hearts and minds of Americans
here at home so that we will come
to understand the full significance of
the dead American and Filipino
troops who died on Bataan and Cor-
As their comrade in arms-a Fili-
pino soldier exposed to the same dan-
gers and privations-Colonel Romulo
will describe how those men fought
a superior enemy and died before giv-
ing up. He will describe in unforget-
table terms their courage and hero-
ism, the pitiful starvation rations of
Timely Information
To Be Presented Here
Fresh from the battlefields and
capitals of Europe, many lecturers
in the Oratorical Association's lecture
series will give late, first-hand in-
Typical is Ruth Mitchell who a
few months ago was fighting in the
Yugoslavian mountains with the
Chetniks. She was battling against
the Nazis in one of the most danger-
ous fighting areas of the world.
Years of experience make lecturers
like Walter Duranty authoritative
speakers on the warring nations in
Europe. He has spent most of his last
20 years in Russia and is thoroughly
familiar with European politics.
Two foreign correspondents will
give their views on the peace at an-
other lecture. Jay Allen and Louis
Fischer, both veterans of the news-
fronts, will speak.

a handful of rice a day, the complete
absence near the end of all modern
medical supplies, the ragged clothing
and the impure water.
Born in the Philippines, Colonel+
Romulo was educated at the Univer-
sity of the Philippines (A.B. 1918)
and Columbia University (M.A. 1921).
He also holds an honorary LL.D. de-
gree from Notre Dame (1935).
Before the Japs attacked Pearl
Harbor, he owned four newspapers
and two radio stations in the Phil-
ippines. A series of articles reporting
his observations on a tour through
China, Burma, Thailand, French In-
do-China, British Malays and the
Dutch East Indies on the eve of
Pearl Harbor-he predicted the out-
break of war after this trip-wonhim
the Pulitzer Prize for the best foreign
correspondence of 1941.
This was the first time the coveted
journalistic award- went to a non-
American journalist.
Three WTIom enAreSc e u d
For Lectures
Three women-each famous for her
own exploits-will appear on the Or-
atorical Association lecture series be-
ginning Oct. 22.
The first, Ruth Mitchell, did a
warrior's job in Yugoslavia that
many men shied away from. She
comes from a warlike and prophetic
family-her brother is the late Gen-
Billy Mitchell. Ruth Mitchell joined
the Chetniks to fight against the
Nazis. She will relate her experiences
in the lecture.
Ilka Chase, the second woman to
speak, presents a marked contrast to
Ruth Mitchell. An extremely witty
and talented actresshand radio star,
Miss Chase made her reputation in
the field of entertainment. She has
written for "Vogue" and has pro-
duced several movies in Hollywood.
The third, Margaret Bourke-White,
is a world famous photographer who
clambers about mines and workshops
and palaces over the world to record
great events with her camera. She
has taken informal photographs of
Churchill and Stalin. With her on
her latest trip to Russia was her
author-husband, Erskine Caldwell.
Thus three women will tell their
experiences-varied experiences-on
the lecture platform. It is part of
the trend of lecture series over the
nation as more men go into the fight-
ing forces.

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University of Michigan Oratorical Association




October 22 -

Col. Carlos P. Romulo Gen.
"The Battle of Bataan"

MacArthur's aide-de-camp

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November 5
Jay Allen and Louis Fischer -
"The Shape of the Peace to Come"
November 17 -
Ruth Mitchell - A Prisoner of the Gestapo
"Odessey Through Hell"
November 30 -
Louis Adamic - Expert on New Immigrant Problems
"Tolerance Is Not Enough"
December 7
lka Chase - Actress, Radio Star, Author
"The Psychology of Being a Woman'
February 4 -
Margaret Bourke-White Famous Woman Photographer
"Russian Women in the War"
February 18 -
Walter Duranty - Famous Foreign Correspondent
"When East Meets West in Battle"
March 18 -
T. R. Ybarra- Former European Editor of Collier's
"Latin America Tomorrow"
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Margaret Bourke-White
*Bataan ... Still a Mystery?
Col. Carlos P Romulo
* What is going on in Hitler's
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Ruth Mitchell
* Unknown Latin-Ainerica
T. R. Ybarra
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