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スロヴェニアの弟からアメリカの兄へ

第二次大戦中、ルイス・アダミックほど国外からユーゴスラヴィアに貢献した作家はいなかった。1942年8月20日に投函された手紙は、ユーゴスラヴィア、エジプト、ロンドンを経てアメリカの兄の許に届いたのはすでに鉄の暴風の過ぎ去った1943年1月19日であった。

 

For an endless time we have not had any word of you or your wife.Now and then on the radio we hear words spoken in America which stir hope but give no assurance.

Mother and all the brothers and sisters are still living today.Of our relatives many are already lost.

Suffering is extreme.The storm with metal hail rages on.Losses are enormous for our small nation. We ask for urgent help,or it will be too late.

All of us send you,your wife and all your friends in America our greetings.

                 ……………My Native Land 1943

 

 

妻ステーラからルイス・アダミックへの手紙

ステーラはアダミックの執筆・プロジェクトのよき理解者であり協力者であった。アダミック自身も書いているように、彼女の物心両面の支援なくしては初期の重要な作品『ダイナマイト』も『ジャングルの中の笑い 』も存在しなかった。以下は「世界政府」について。

Dear Louis:  Jan.14’49

  In the course of correspondence with Henry Wallace,I ventured to tell him that some of his good followers were a bit worried by the rumors that he might give the world federation or world government movement a degree of support with which we would not agree.He replied promptly,saying he was ‘so glad’I had raised the subject.Here are excerpts from his letter of January 10th:

 ‘…under no circumstances would I be active in any organization designed to isolate eastern Europe and China from the rest of the world.I agree completely and whole-heartedly with you that any plan to organize and federate the ‘Capitalist world’ would only bring war and universal destruction.Personally I can stand for no World government or World Federation unless both the United States and the USSR are members.But I do say that the ultimate objective is such agreement between the United States and the USSR that both will be willing to see the U.N.or the World Government equipped with an armed might greater than both of them combined. There is no reason why there should not a peaceful co-existence of the Communist states and the Capitalistic states in one world.I would hope and plan for World Government but I would know that such hopes and plans are utterly futile unless and until there is complete understanding between the United States and Russia.

  The idea of imposing world government on Russia first by isolation,second by economic pressure,and third by world government,is utterly fantastic.I shall not fall into that trap.’

 

Tine Kurent, “PISMA LOUISA ADAMICA NECAKU TINETU” Letters by Louis Adamic to his nephew Tine) ,Dve domovini/Two Homelands-9-1998,27-53:Centre of Scientific Research of the Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts The Institute for Slovene Emigration Research;

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