Dan Gediman, Dag Hammarskjold and This I Believe

Each week Bob is joined by Dan Gediman, the Executive Director of This I Believe, Inc. to discuss one of the original essays from the 1950s radio series. This week’s featured essay is by Swedish economist and diplomat Dag Hammarskjold. He was the second Secretary-General of the United Nations, serving from 1953 – 1961 and worked to ease tensions between Israel and Arab nations, and to defuse the Suez crisis. Hammarskjold was killed in a plane crash in Zambia in 1961. The United Nations’ Secretary-General gleaned his belief in the value of public service from his family’s line of soldiers, government officials, scholars and clergymen. Hammarskjold said willing fulfillment of duty was an expression of love. Click here to read a transcript and to listen to the audio of his “This I Believe” essay.



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