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President: W.M. Citrine, Great Britain
Vice-Presidents: H. Jacobson, Denmark; L. Jouhaux, France; E. Kupers, Holland; Corn. Mertens, Belgium; R. Tayerle, Czechoslovakia
General Secretary: W. Schevenels
12th November 1936.
Mr. W.M. Citrine
Dear Comrade Citrine,
BRITISH MEDICAL UNIT
From a letter, dated 9th November, received from Dr. Brook, of which I enclose a copy, and a conversation I had yesterday with Dr. Adler arising out of this letter, I learn that in the meeting held in London on the 6th November there was a long discussion as to who proposed the despatch of the second British Medical Unit, the opinion being expressed that the proposal came from me.
I should have no reason for not standing up for such a suggestion had I made it, but, as it did not originate with me in the slightest, I think it necessary to give you some information which shows that I did not and never could have made this proposal.
On my return from the International Summer School in Tabor, I found that the purchase of the lorries for the British Medical Union was being managed by our office and that one of our staff was going to accompany the Unit to the French frontier.
There were three facts which aroused my criticism and made me cautious as to future developments. I did not attempt to conceal this from Dr. Brook later on and he agreed with me. The facts were that (1) the staff of the Unit stayed much longer in Paris than had been foreseen, which gave rise to considerably increased costs; (2) material and one man from the International Red Aid were taken with; and (3) the Unit only went to Barcelona and then to the Aragon Front, which was comparatively calm, while help was needed far more urgently in the centre of Spain.