Hamburg, West Germany, was venue for the Sixth International Socialist Congress which opened July 14, After the inaugural formalities the Congress plunged into conflict.
GV.EXT. Congress Hall
GV.INT Congress Hall
SV. Delegate addresses congress.
CU. Sign "Japan"
STV. Japanese delegation.
CU Sign "Great Britain"
SIDE V. French delegation
SV. German delegation, (Brandt, (centre)
SV. Delegates seated
TOP GV. Ditto.
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Background: Hamburg, West Germany, was venue for the Sixth International Socialist Congress which opened July 14, After the inaugural formalities the Congress plunged into conflict. The Uruguay Socialist Party put down a motion for the expulsion of the French Socialist Party from the International.
Herr Oscar Pollak (Austria), criticising both the French and Italian Socialist Parties, said it pained international Socialists that the French and Italian delegations did not represent - as they once did - the great majority of the working class of their countries. He said that M.Guy Mollet, French Socialist Party leader, perhaps went further than was justified in accepting Government responsibility under the De Gaulle-Debre regime.
In defence of M.Mollet, who had not then arrived at the Congress, fellow-party member Jules Moch replied to Herr Pollak that Socialists should remember the dangers which faced France before they passed judgement. To attack M. Mollet was to attack the French Party, as he had always carried out majority decisions.
Another of the opening speakers was Mrs. Barbara Castle (Britain) who said Socialists must always be custodians of deeper values than national self-interest. The International existed so that Socialist Parties could guide and criticise each other when a party was in danger of being absorbed in a nationalistic situation.
The Maltese delegation put down a resolution denouncing the British Government, claiming that it has refused independence to Malta and established there an absolute colonial rule. The Uruguayans also submitted a motion condemning "North American imperialism" in South America.
Among the delegates are the leader of the British Labour Party, Hugh Gaitskell, U.K. Labour "Shadow" Foreign Minister Aneurin Bevan and W.Berlin Mayor Willie Brandt.