Sigrid Undset, the world-famous novelist, Nobel literature prizewinner, foremost of Norway's converts to the Faith, who recently arrived in the U.S., is to lecture in the States under Catholic auspices.
America, the well-known' American Catholic weekly review, has arranged a series of lectures for Madame Undset. The lectures will be delivered in New York and Brooklyn, with the co-operation of Catholic cultural societies, publicatinns and colleges of the metropolis. Arrangements have been made for subsequent lectures in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington and Chicago.
Sigrid Undset escaped from Norway to Sweden, thence to Russia and, travelling by the Trans-Siberian Railway. made her way to Vladivostok and thence to San Francisco via Japan.
FRANCE HAD EVERYTHING Madame Undset said she learned of the capitulation of France while travelling on the Trans-Siberian railway and that that was " the worst blow of all." " France arways was the brains of Europe." 3he adds. " If she is smashed permanently, I fear it will be the end of Europe. We had something. England has something. But France had everything."
Madame Undset arrived in America accompanied by her younger son Hans. and in mourning for her eldest, who died fighting against the Nazi invader. Of her leeture tour she says, " I can only tell how it was in Norway. 1 can only try to warn Americans against feeling safe."