February 26, 1916

Esperanto and the War

Author Affiliations

Fort Warren, Boston. First Lieutenant, M. R. C., U. S. Army

JAMA. 1916;LXVI(9):675. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02580350063034

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To the Editor:  —In connection with the item on this subject (The Journal, Feb. 5, 1916, p. 439), allow me to invite attention to the further activities of Esperantists, and to the value and use of Esperanto in the present war: Esperantists have sent several fully equipped Red Cross Esperanto ambulances into the field, with personnel. Esperanto is being taught in the prison and internment camps, so that there may be a "common" language. There is an Esperanto "repatriation" bureau maintained in Geneva, Switzerland, through which disrupted families are brought together, correspondence forwarded, and much other good of a like nature accomplished. Statements relating to "justification" for the war were issued in Esperanto by governments, notably the German, which also issued official war bulletins in Esperanto, for international distribution. Keys, weighing but 5 grams, though containing the elements of the language and a vocabulary of more than 2,000 words, are

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