Oral history interview with Cora Weiss, 2014


Weiss, Cora, 1934- (Interviewee)
Grele, Ronald J (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Cora Weiss, 2014
Among the topics covered are nuclear testing in the early 1960s, the decolonization of Africa and colonized Africans' subsequent relationship to American higher education, the Vietnam War and anti-Vietnam War activity, divestment from South Africa, womens' studies and feminism, peace studies, peace education, the United Nations. Particular detail is given to Cora's anti-war efforts, from anti-Viet nam War organizing to diplomatic work with the United Nations
Collection Name
Individual interviews oral history collection
Education, Higher--United States; Nuclear weapons--Testing; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Protest movements--United States; Disinvestment--South Africa; Peace--Study and teaching; Feminism; Nobel Prizes; Race discrimination; Africa Politics and government 1960-; Weiss, Cora, 1934-; Abzug, Bella S., 1920-1998; Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968; Barrow, Nita, 1916-1995; United Nations; Fieldston School (New York, N.Y.); Women Strike for Peace; Riverside Church (New York, N.Y.); Hague Appeal for Peace
oral histories
Physical Description
442 pages
Note (Biographical)
Cora Weiss has been an activist for peace since the 1960s, when she cofounded the organization Women Strike for Peace, protesting nuclear testing on the grounds that it was polluting children's bodies. Beginning in the 1950s, she supported human and p olitical rights during the decolonization process of many African countries. She was a leading anti-Vietnam War activist, helping organize the exchange of mail between prisoners of war and their families, and accompanying the return home of several POW pilots. She has long supported the work of the United Nations in her campaigns for peace. She is a trustee of Hampshire College and the president of the Hague Appeal for Peace. Weiss has received numerous awards, honors, and invitations to speak for her devotion to the abolition of war and peace education
Interviewed by Ronald J. Grele on May 21, May 29, June 5, June 10, July 10, July 16, and November 20, 2014
Note (Provenance)
Cora Weiss, Gift, 2016
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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Oral History Archives at Columbia
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