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Pye, Edith M. | Food Conditions in Europe

  • First and only edition of this uncommon pamphlet by the nurse and aid organiser who was awarded the Legion d’Honneur for her work during the First World War. WorldCat locates copies at only four institutions, the Universities of Aberdeen and Edinburgh, Haverford College, and the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

    Edith M. Pye (1876-1965) “trained as a midwife and a nurse. She is best remembered for the Quaker Society relief work done after she became a member of the Society of Friends in 1908. Her friend Hilda Clark organized the Friends War Victims Relief in 1914 and together they devised an international scheme to supply milk to millions starving in Vienna. In France they organised a maternity hospital within the war zone itself and helped women and children war victims... Pye organized the Friends’ work in Spain during the Spanish Civil War and was involved with the International League for Peace and Freedom. She argued for the partial lifting of the Allied blockade during World War II so that food and medical supplies could be sent to the starving in Europe. A leading member of the Famine Relief Committee, she lobbied the Ministry of Economic Warfare for compassionate aid... and continued her efforts for peace and relief until she was quite old” (Ogilvie, Biographical Dictionary of Women in Science, p. 1061).

  • ...A Statement on the Effects of War and Blockade on People in German-Controlled Countries. London: Friends Service Council, 1942.

    12-page pamphlet, wire-stitched. Contemporary ownership signature in blue ink to the cover. Staples rusted, with small rust stains in the gutters and on the spine, wrappers a little rubbed and dulled, minor crease affecting the upper corner.