"I will place them"

Place is something from which no one can separate himself. It is coincident with identity and life. Millions of mortals feel they are without any satisfactory place in which to live or work. Yet each has a place, however unsatisfactory it may seem to be.

But one of the most serious problems the United Nations have to solve is how to aid fifty million men and women, displaced by the war, to find a suitable place in which to live and to work. In many other countries large numbers are seeking to find a place where they can be adequately housed and happily active. The question of a satisfactory place for the individual is one of the major problems of human society.

Many who have what others would consider a satisfactory place are dissatisfied with the place they have. And yet, let it be remembered, no one can be without some sense of place, be it a cellar, an attic, a mansion, or an open desert. Place and life go together.

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March 23, 1946

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