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High Commissioner for Refugees Awarded Nobel Peace Prize for 1954

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United Nations officials were heartened today with the news from Sweden that the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 1954. Dr. G. J. van Heuven Goedhart is the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, but the prize money accompanying the award, amounting to $35,067, will go to the organization.

Once before in recent years, the Nobel Peace Prize went to an organization instead of to an individual. In that instance, recognition was given to the work done by American Quakers. One of the first to congratulate Dr. van Heuven Goedhart and the United Nations for being voted the award was Jacob Blaustein, a member of the United States delegation here, who delivered an address on the UN’s refugee work in the General Assembly’s Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Committee.

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