The Life of a Scholar
Henry Cadbury returned to the United States eager to share with his fellow citizens his impression that the method of reconciliation had worked with the German people, many of whom had seen the Quaker service as a form of olive branch extended by all Americans. The melting away of suspicion, distrust, and recriminations in the face of openness and generosity was, he felt, proof that the method of Jesus could work. If the American people could be persuaded to lay aside the remnants of their anti-German attitudes and contribute to a just peace, the process would be accelerated.
He had scarcely reached Back Log Camp for a short rest and reunion with Lydia and Betty when he had his first opportunity to begin this sharing. He was invited to write a major article for the Survey on Quaker work in Germany. His article, "A Nationwide Adventure in Friendship," was published on November 27, 1920. It described the effort to provide assistance in a way that was not demeaning to those who received it, involved maximum local participation, and expressed goodwill in deeds rather than words. Much of the article concentrated on specific German responses: the thieves who returned a large store of goods when they learned that they had taken Quaker Speisung; the Jews who were touched that the Quakers provided kosher food for their children; the pan-German professor who changed his tune and began to see hope for world cooperation. He quoted one German New Testament scholar: "The war of 1914 and the following years will be represented in later times as the most awful war of the world's history. But concerning the work of relief which has been inaugurated on a tremendous scale after the war can the historian say, 'such has history never witnessed before.'"1