OPINION

June 8, 1956

JULIEN BENDA: Paris, 8 – The Jewish writer Julien Benda, who was French to his very bones, has died in a suburb of Paris at the age of 90. Benda became famous in 1927 as the author of the book «La trahison des clercs» (published in English as «The Treason of the Intellectuals»). It became one of the most debated books of its time as it was an implacable condemnation of the subjugation and exploitation of intellectual values for political purposes. (…) When the rise of Hitler began to assume dangerous dimensions in 1933, Benda wrote «Discours a la nation Europeenne.» (…) His later book «La grande epreuve des democraties» was written as the Nazi troops entered Paris. The manuscript was smuggled to New York where it was published in 1942 to great acclaim. SCOTTISH COAL MINERS: London, 7 – The leader of the labor union, Mr Abe Moffat, today defended the Scottish coal miners who sent a gift of 50 pounds sterling to the labor unions of Cyprus. He criticized British policy on the Cyprus issue and called for the return to Cyprus of Archbishop Makarios, exiled by the British to the Seychelles, as well as for the resumption of talks.