Today in NC State History: Campus speech focuses on Hitler

November 11, 2014
By Chris Saunders

historyIconThe late 1930s and early 1940s certainly saw Adolf Hitler’s vision of a German empire almost realized as his army took over European countries one after the other.

But there were those around the globe who, much earlier, were asking questions about the potential damage Hitler might do.

And it was on this day in 1933, the same year Hitler came to power as chancellor in Germany, that author and activist Kirby Page appeared on NC State’s campus to discuss the “Hitler Question,” as the headline in The Technician described it.

Page, who at the time was editor of the journalĀ The World Tomorrow, appeared in the Pullen Memorial Church as part of the Student Volunteer Conference and delivered a speech titled “Hitlerism, Will It Lead to War?”

“Page’s career has been varied and interesting,” reported The Technician. “He has crossed the ocean 18 times and has visited some 35 countries of the world. Among the interesting persons with whom he has talked on his various journeys areĀ  Mahatma Gandhi, Field Marshal President Hindenburg, Ramsay MacDonald, Lord Irwin, …”

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