How the tiny fishing village of Pugwash tried to stop a nuclear war
Date Written: 02/07/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21040
The Pugwash Conference in Nova Scotia, a gathering of leading scientists to help thwart nuclear war, is the inspiration for a new play by Vern Thiessen.
Excerpt: In a world reeling from the horrific mass killings of the Second World War, Albert Einstein and British philosopher Bertrand Russell issued a manifesto calling for leading scientists to gather to "appraise the perils" produced by new atomic weapons.
When he heard Einstein and Russell's call, he offered to pay for the conference at the lodge as a somewhat neutral site for scientists from all sides to gather, and a rustic location filled with natural beauty and devoid of international media.
"He believed that thinking was equally as important as making money," said Thiessen.