Historical Who is Who

HAMMARSKJOLD, Dag

1905 - 1961
Sweden
POLITICS, PHILOSOPHY

 

From a background in university teaching in the 1930s and 7 years as chairman of the Swedish National Bank, Dag Hammarskjold moved into politics, initially in Sweden and subsequently in the Council of Europe and the United Nations where he was Secretary General from 1953 until his death in a (suspicious) aircrash in 1961. His economic and political skills were accompanied less visibly by his moral and religious musings - Markings - which were collaboratively translated and introduced by W H Auden. From his belongings retrieved from the crash it is evident that whilst in the air he was working on a translation of Martin Buber's I and Thou

Life

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Video

Dag Hammarskjold on the United Nations (2 mins) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mdY-RE3ZEg

 

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