IVU General Secretary 1929-38
From the reports of the 1926 IVU Congress, held in London:
the delegates were introduced to the assembly, and the following
is the order in which they responded to the roll call . . . Herr H.
F. Feix (Czecho-Slovakia), . . .
Congress, 1929, in Steinschönau, Czechoslovakia - organised
by Herr Feix (photo right from the Congress).
From the reports:
As for the warmth and graciousness of the welcome offered to the
delegates, it is hard to see in what way these could have been exceeded.
Herr Dürr and Herr Feix (both of whom will be remembered as visitors
to the last International Congress, held in London three years ago)
alike won golden opinions for the way in which they exercised their
respective functions - the former as President of the Congress, the
latter as its Secretary and chief organiser.
As a result of the lamented death of Professor Nolthenius, elswhere
referred to, Herr Egerod will now take over the position of Hon. Treasurer
of the Union. surrendering the duties of Hon. Secretary to Herr Hans
Erwin Feix, Secretary of this year's Congress.
In Herr Feix, whose remarkable organising abilities were so manifestly
apparent throughout the Congress. the International Vegetarian Union
may certainly congratulate itself on having found, for the office
of Secretary, one who may be safely relied upon to use to the full
every ounce of opportunity which falls within his hands.
reports of the 1932 IVU Congress, held near Berlin:
All desiring to have full particulars are invited to communicate
with Mr. Hans Feix, V/1903 Waldstrasse, Warnsdorf, Czecho-Slovakia,
as early as possible.
. . .an official welcome from the chairman of the Berlin Vegetarian
Society, Mr. Bernhard Rieger, and the President and Secretary of the
I.V.U., Mr. Carl Gumprecht and Mr. H. E. Feix. . .
The General Secretary, Mr. Hans E. Feix (Warnsdorf) reported upon
the work of the Union during the last three years, . . .
appointed committee consisted of the new President, Mr. C. J. van
Borrendam (Amsterdam), the Treasurer, Mr. Oluf Egerod (Copenhagen),
the General Secretary, Mr. Hans E. Feix (Warnsdorf), together with
Mr. K. Bartes (Eden-Berlin) and Mr. Frank Wyatt (London).
. . . an Executive Committee, to serve until the next meeting of
the Congress at Zurich in 1935, was also elected, as follows : Mr.
C. J. van Borrendam (Holland), Mr. Oluf Egerod (Denmark), Mr. Hans
Feix (Czech-Slovakia), Mr. Karl Bartes (Germany), and Mr. Frank Wyatt
(Great Britain), the first three of these likewise holding office
as President, Treasurer and Secretary, respectively.
Yet more memorable, however, was the impressive reading, by the Secretary
of the International Vegetarian Union, Mr. Hans Feix, of the list
of names of distinguished vegetarians - those of Dr. Walter Walsh
and Mr. Howard Williams, unhappily, being among them - whom the hand
of death had claimed since the holding of the last Congress at Steinschönau
three years before. The silent and upstanding tribute of respect thus
paid by the representatives of many nations to the valiant upholders
of a great principle was one of the most impressive moments througout
the whole period of the Congress.
reports of the 1935 Congress in Denmark:
. . . ably supported by Mr. J. C. van Borrendam, president, and Mr.
Hans E. Feix, honorary secretary.
Egerod, Feix and Jens Henriksen welcomed us with little speeches
in English, and boys from the school trotted us off to our respective
Delegates realized the splendid work done by Mr. Egerod and Mr. Feix
in the face of unusual difficulties. Felicitous reference was made
to their organizing and executive ability, not merely in connection
with the present Congress but in the prolonged exhaustive work of
carrying on an international organization from which two of its important
societies had seceded.
Mr. JOHN L. SAXON, the "grand old man" of our Movement,
presented Mr. Egerod and Mr. Feix with the silver medallion for meritorious
service, awarded by the Swedish Vegetarian Society only to workers
of national and outstanding importance.
. . .let us first recall Hans Feix, the Secretary, splendid with
his English, but modest in his opinion of it. No one can forget his
eyes, brimful of undropped tears, when Mr. J. L. Saxon, the Grand
Old Man of Sweden, presented Egerod and Feix with a beautiful medal
to commemorate the occasion. And when he sang to us one evening, his
voice and stature rose to those of a giant.
Mr. C. J. van Borrendam (Holland) was re-elected president, Mr. Oluf
Egerod (Denmark) honorary treasurer, and Mr. Hans E. Feix (Czecho-Slovakia)
From reports of the 1938 Congress, held in Norway (Herr Feix is
the short man, left of centre, in the 1938 photo):
Brief speeches were made by Messrs. O. EGEROD (Treasurer) and HANS
E. FEIX (General Secretary of the Union), . . .
The speakers included Herr Oluf Egerod and Herr Hans E. Feix, (Hon.
Treasurer and Hon. Secretary, respectively, of the International Vegetarian);
The Secretary (Mr. H. E. Feix) then read his Report . . . and Mr.
Hans E. Feix (Czecho-Slovakia), [re-elected] Honorary Secretary.
Herr Feix is the short man to the left in this group of 1938 IVU
Hans Feix in the front of this 1938 group of delegates.
Herr Hans E. Feix lived in the region known as the Sudenland, which
was shunted between Czechoslovakia, the Nazis, the Soviet Communists
and eventually back to the Czech Republic. We have no idea what happened
to Her Feix, or the IVU records he must have been holding, after 1938.
For a more detailed account of those troubled times see: The
lost history of IVU.
The report of the next IVU Congress, in England in 1947, from The
Vegetarian News (London) said: "... the official [German] delegates
Feix and Bunnemann were refused permits to travel,..." - apparently
'Feix' is not a very common name in Germany so it could have been the
same man, but the same magazine said that Johan Bolt (Holland) had been
IVU General Secretary throughout the war years. Further research is
needed to understand exactly what happened.
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