Rosika Schwimmer to Jane Addams, March 16, 1924

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16. March 1924.

My dear Miss Addams,

[Enclosed] I am sending the photo of Dr. Gertrud Woker. She is professor of Chemistry since 1911, and also head of the physico-chemical laboratory for [physico]-chemical Biology of the University of Berne. She is the author of scientific works acknowledged to belong to the standard works of her science. Since the war she devoted herself especially to research work connected with poison [gases], and takes the stand that is contrary to the mission of real scientists to devote themselves to the invention of means of destruction. She lectured during the last two-three years on this question, making everywhere (in different European countries) a great impression. Recently she turned to the research of the [functioning] of the ductless glands. She belonged always to the leaders of the feminist and pacifist woman's movement of Switzerland. She is one of the founders of the Swiss branch of the W.I.L. and was with Madam Ragaz and Mlle Gobat [organizer] of an intern. Conference of the W.I.L. in February 1919. She attended The Hague Congress 1922. During the war years she was member of different Commissions working towards a peace by mediation and visited for with other members foreign governments. Dr. Gertrud Woker's father is professor of History at the University of Berne, an uncle of hers was until his death member of the Swiss Bundesrat and [president] of Switzerland. (That expression is not correct, as there is no such office, but I don’t know the [title] of the presiding member of the Bundesrat in English. He succeeded Motta the year after you saw Motta)

I [enclose] also a photo of Miss Heymann. I suppose you have all her data, as she is now lecturing and must have some folders.

Do you want Miss Glücklich’s photo? They are very rare and I don't like to give any out of my hands, unless you have no photo of hers and want one.

Mme Andrée Jouve lived with her husband and children during the whole war in Switzerland and belonged to the group of much prosecuted "refractaires" which was headed by Roman Rolland. Barbusse, Franz Masereel, H. Guilbeaux belonged also to this group. Her husband, Pierre J. Jouve is a much appreciated poet and devoted his art to pacificism. His chief works in that line are: "Danse des Mortes" Poems contre le grand crime (1916). In 1917 he had the courage to appear on the lecturing platform of different Swiss cities together with his friend the Austrian [poet] pacificist Stefan Zweig, and was received with greatest acclamation.

Will you kindly return the two photos after you [have] used them.

Devotedly yours:

(Madam Rosika Schwimmer)