Hewlett Johnson


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Johnson, Hewlett

 

Born Jan. 25, 1874, in Manchester; died Oct. 22, 1966, in London. English social figure; doctor of theology.

Johnson was educated at the University of Manchester (the natural science and engineering course) and at Oxford (department of theology). After 1904 he was active in the Anglican Church. From 1931 to 1963 he was dean of Canterbury. During World War II (1939-45), Johnson spoke out for the immediate opening of a second front in Europe, and he was one of the initiators of a collection taken up for a fund to aid the USSR. By order of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR on July 13, 1945, Johnson was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labor. In 1948 he directed the British-Soviet Friendship Society. He participated actively in the Peace Partisans Movement, and in 1950 he became a member of the World Peace Council. Johnson was a laureate of the International Lenin Prize For the Strengthening of Peace Between Peoples (1950).

WORKS

The Socialist Sixth of the World. London, 1939.
Soviet Strength: Its Source and Challenge. London, 1942.
Soviet Success. London [1947].
Eastern Europe in the Socialist World. London, 1955.
In Russian translation:
Khristiane i kommunizm. Moscow, 1957.
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