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Georgina Godwin on Dag Hammarskjold

Episode 4 of 9

Matthew Parris on the life and death of Dag Hammarskjold, second ever secretary-general of the UN, who died in a plane crash in 1961.

Sometime around midnight of September 17 1961, a plane approached an airstrip near Ndola in what was then northern Rhodesia. The plane was a DC6, and on board the second ever secretary general of the United Nations, an aristocratic Swede called Dag Hammarskjold. He was on his way to try and mediate a war in the Congo, but the plane crashed and Hammarskjold was killed.

Was it an accident? The debate continues to this day.

Joining Matthew Parris to discuss the life and death of Hammarskjold are the journalist Georgina Godwin and the academic Susan Williams, author of Who Killed Hammarskjold? A dramatic and detailed discussion focuses on the events surrounding his death.

The producer in Bristol is Miles Warde.

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30 minutes


Role Contributor
Presenter Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest Georgina Godwin
Interviewed Guest Susan Williams
Producer Miles Warde


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