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United Nations: oral history
Transcripts and audio files of interviews with some of Hammarskjöld's closest colleagues

The Hammarskjöld Commission
The Hammarskjöld Commission is a voluntary body of four international jurists who were invited by an international Enabling Committee to report whether in their view the evidence now available concerning the death of Dag Hammarskjöld would justify the United Nations in reopening its inquiry pursuant to General Assembly resolution 1759 (XVII) of 26 October 1962. The Commission's formal report was introduced at the Peace Palace (The Hague, Netherlands) on 9 September 2013. Additional information is likely to be available in future at the Commission's website.
Nobel Prize
Posthumous award of the Nobel Peace Prize, 1961
Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation
Uppsala, Sweden; sponsor of DH-related gatherings and lectures, publisher of the journal development dialogue, with occasional issues and articles dedicated to Hammarskjöld
"This I Believe"
Audio file and text of Hammarskjöld’s recording for Edward R. Murrow's radio program, November 1953. A crucial element of Hammarskjöld heritage

Remarks of Inga-Lill Hammarskj÷ld to the Commission, 9 September 2013

Thank you for inviting me to this most significant event, held in the environment that was the childhood home of my late husband, Knut Hammarskjöld. He and his brothers called The Hague home when their father, Åke Hammarskjöld, served as Registrar and later Judge on the International Court of Justice.

I am here, first of all, to thank members of the Commission and their consultants for their devoted efforts to find out what really happened to Dag Hammarskjöld and 15 others who died in Africa that grim September of 1961.

The second reason for my standing before you is to help carry out my husband´s longstanding wish that the truth finally be known about what happened in the skies and on the ground near Ndola, Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia), the night of 17-18 September 1961.

To so many, Dag Hammarskjöld was an elegant, brilliant, self-effacing diplomat, devoted to peace in our world. At the time of his death he was the United Nations.

But to Knut and his two younger brothers, Peder and Michael, he was an uncle, a friend, a mentor who helped them with their homework and guided their careers, and after the death of their father Åke at the age of 44, Dag was a devoted substitute father. Knut was only 15 years old when his father died. Later on Knut told me, "When Dag was killed, it was like losing my father all over again."

On hearing of Dag´s death, Knut rushed from his home in Geneva to Ndola on 19 September. There he saw Dag and the place were he had died. He identified Dag and others. Knut asked many questions and did not get answers that made sense. For the rest of his life, which ended on 3 January last year, Knut searched for the real story about what happened to Dag and those who travelled with him.

Today you have fulfilled his work.

Two years ago Knut and I were here in the Peace Palace. He was very touched and told me his deep feelings about being here and once more seeing his father´s office. It looked just as Knut remembered it. So too the park around the Palace. His father was waving from his window to his boys playing in the garden.

Now I can say that Knut´s circle is completed.

I feel that he is with us here today. He knew so many of you—and I know how much he appreciated your herculean efforts.

From both of us, many thanks for your devotion and courage in carrying out this monumental task.

Inga-Lill Hammarskjöld

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