Letter from Charles R. Drew to Lenore (Robbins) Drew
Item is handwritten.
Number of Image Pages:
4 (1,067,002 Bytes)
1949-08-02 (August 2, 1949)
[Drew, Charles R.]
[Drew, Lenore (Robbins)]
Original Repository: Howard University. Moorland-Spingarn Research Center. Charles R. Drew Papers
Reproduced with permission of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center.
"My Chief Interest Was and Is Surgery"--Howard University, 1941-1950
Paris, Tuesday 8-2-49
It is raining this morning for the first time since I have been in Europe. The crops here in France are dry, the streets have
been dusty and the temperature close to 90 degrees ever since I arrived. I welcome the rain as I am sure most of France does.
Paris is a great city, - full of grandeur and squalor, great beauty in the midst of much uglyness [sic], - a deeply religious
place nestled in the most universal debauchery I have seen. The
[END PAGE ONE]
[BEGIN PAGE TWO]
moral code in Europe is a different thing from that at home and the attitude here in France requires a lot of understanding.
In Germany there is an extreme surplus of women and they are hungry. Moreover they throughout the war were encouraged to have
children, they still tacitly are encouraged to rebuild the nations manpower. Many things are over looked.
Here the naked female form is idolized, worshipped
[END PAGE TWO]
[BEGIN PAGE THREE]
one might say, but woman's place is not a high one as a whole. There are so many of them, competition is so keen, and
extra marital relationships from kings to commoner such a part of France's history and present thinking that a stranger
has a difficult time establishing just where the values lie. Certainly it would be unwise to attempt it in a few days.
I have gone about the business of crowding in
[END PAGE THREE]
[BEGIN PAGE FOUR]
as much of Paris as possible in a few days, largely thru organized tours. In this way one gets a birds eye view of the overall
picture. It is too much to take in detail for it covers the history of Europe in all its aspects but it does give one a lot
of material for future reading and thinking. Some day we must see this place together.
Find enclosed my programme so far. Please save it.