Remembering Hammarskjöld (29/07/1905-18/09/1961)

In the night of September 17 to 18, 1961, the plane ‘Albertina’ crashed under hitherto un-clarified circumstances when approaching the Northern Rhodesian mining town of Ndola. On board were the UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld and 15 others. Dag Hammarskjöld is buried in the family grave in Uppsala. His legacy has survived.

“In this 70th anniversary year of the United Nations, establishing the truth of what happened on that fateful night would be a fitting tribute to the former secretary-general and all those who lost their lives on a mission of peace.”

– UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on 15 September 2015 at a memorial event in the “Room of Silence” before the opening of the 70th UN General Assembly.

The road,
You shall follow it.

The fun,
You shall forget it.

The cup,
You shall empty it.

The pain,
You shall conceal it.

The truth,
You shall be told it.

The end,
You shall endure it.

Dag Hammarskjöld on 3 December 1960 in his posthumously published notebook “Markings”.