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TitleA Peace of Reconciliation - 'Fight the Famine' Meeting, in aid of Funds for Starving Children
Performance Date19 May 1919
Performance DayMonday
Performance Time19:30
Main PerformersLord Parmoor (Chairman),
The Lord Bishop of Southwark,
Principal A E Garvie DD,
Henry Noel Brailsford,
Maude Royden,
Mr Robert Smillie,
Eglantyne Jebb,
Mrs C R Buxton,
Earl Beauchamp,
Lieut.-Com. The Hon. J M Kenworthy - speakers,
Dorothy Moulton - vocal,
Mr Charles Warner - organ
Set List'Hidden Tears', Schumann (Dorothy Moulton)
'The Harvest of Sorrow', Rachmaninoff (Dorothy Moulton),
Organ Recital (Charles Warner)
Let TypeExclusive Let
Performance NotesA pressure group, the Fight the Famine Council, was set up in 1919 to persuade the British government to end the Allied blockade of Germany and Austro-Hungarian economies following the First World War. The children of these countries were suffering the threat of famine from the effects of War made worse by such a blockade.

On 19 May 1919, Eglantyne Jebb and her sister Dorothy Buxton, held a 'Famine Meeting' at the Royal Albert Hall with a view to raising funds for the many children across Europe who had been left destitute and starving after the war.

Eglantyne Jebb, stated that 'it is impossible for us as normal human beings to watch children starve to death without making an effort to save them... We have only one object, to save as many as possible. We have only one rule, we shall help them whatever their country, whatever their religion.'
Dorothy Buxton, (Eglantyne's sister), then outlined the plans for the 'Save the Children Fund'. 'I stand here tonight to appeal to you for the lives of the children ... Do not let us forget what it means that there are many hundreds of thousands of parents today, whose awful doom it has been and still is to watch their children grow weaker, to see them whither and perish before their eyes, while they are helpless to save them.'

The Save the Children fund was launched there and then as a spontaneous public collection was taken up around the hall.
Related Archival MaterialProgramme (RAHE/1/1919/35)

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OlabidoridiotA Peace of Reconciliation - 'Fight the Famine' Meeting, in aid of Funds for Starving Children1Fight the Famine Council