Emily Greene Balch to Jane Addams, February 21, 1921



6, ru du Vieux-Collège

Feb. 21, 1921.

Dear Miss Addams,

Just a hasty acknowledgement to yours of Feb. 2. I am glad to know Mrs. Spencer's views but I think she would not feel just the same if she knew all the facts of the situation, and in any case of course, it is impossible to make a change unless there is some unforeseen alteration in the whole situation. Frau Hertzka writes me ↑that↓ since I am so concerned about the food question they have decided to have a special bakery for members of the Congress with bread baked wholly of American flour procured at the cost of the Congress members. "So, nobody will be able to say that bread, the most important article of food has been eaten away from the Viennese by international guests." I take it that this question for ↑of↓ providing of food is important only from the point of view of the effect on public opinion and nasty things that might be said about us by unfriendly people. In her previous letter Frau Hertzka wrote: "Your fears in regard to the food question are entirely baseless. If any one has the necessary money, everything is to be had and we will make such arrangements that those who are obliged to live cheaply can have good food some what less fine; and others who can live better need only go into any first class restaurant to get everything. A dinner costs about 150 crowns, it includes soup, meat with two vegetables, stewed fruit. Coffee with cream costs 20 crowns and black coffee, real mocca, 15 crowns. Prices for rooms vary between 400-1000 crowns in hotels, in pensions room and meals cost 350-600 crowns a day. A dinner without meat costs 14 crowns, in the Community Kitchens, in the New Women's Clubs and similar places. We will arrange for serving at the New Woman's Club a lunch, for American-English taste, for foreigners, especially foreign vegetarians. There is now in Vienna no lack of food supplies, but only an immense lack of money to buy food supplies imported at the high rates of exchange and for foreigners this does not count. Even the Mark stands so high that at present a Mark brings 10 crowns so that Germans can live here for 1/10 of their money. We shall have many free-quarters for the Congress and also expect to have much assistance through the Municipal and other corporations."

Yours always,

Emily G. Balch [signed]

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