Hollywood helps highlight Europe’s 20th Century refugee crisis: “The Lid is On” podcast classic

26 July 2017

In 1959, Hollywood stars Gregory Peck and Doris Day were at the height of their careers.

But thanks to the former First Lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt, - a delegate to the first ever UN General Assembly session in 1946 - that was the year they took part in what was arguably the most star-studded show ever produced by UN Radio.

Lack of standards for human rights in the world is one of the greatest causes of friction among the nations, Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt said at the UN (July 1947). File Photo: UN Photo/KB

“Life Begins At Ten”, tells the story of the last great European refugee crisis - before today’s era of epic life-and-death struggles on the part of refugees and migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean.

Europe was still recovering from the devastation of World War and the Hungarian uprising against Soviet communist control that saw the so-called Iron Curtain firmly divide east from west.

Volker Türk, the UN Refugee Agency’s (UNHCR) Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, tells us he’s “touched by the humanity” of this latest podcast classic, for UN News, from our series,”The Lid Is On”.

“Waiting without knowing what the future will hold, is unfortunately still today a huge experience that refugees face”, especially in protracted conflicts, says Mr Turk.

Duration: 28’10”

The Lid is On is also available on Sound Cloud.

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Hunting an indicted war criminal in the former Yugoslavia: The Lid is On podcast

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