Gerold Frank, Peter Ustinov, and Adolf Berle

Monday, April 29, 1963

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Gerold Frank discusses his book "The Deed," a story about two young Jewish men who assassinated Lord Moyne (Walter Guinness), British minister of state in the Middle East in 1944. The men committed the crime hopes of bringing about independence in Palestine. Frank discusses his own presence at the trial of the two men, who refused legal council. They were found guilty and hanged.

The next speaker is Peter Ustinov, actor, director, and writer. He speaks generally about artists and authors, who are drawn to one another and are the "dangerous people in any civilization."

Next is Adolf Berle, a lawyer and author of the American Economic Republic. Tells a story about working with Ed Murrow to commission a book for Latin American readers (American Economic Republic). The US is the most successful economic system in the world. Free market. Social effort transcends individual interests. The economic system is not an end in itself, at least in the US. We're developing the outline of a stately house.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 70972
Municipal archives id: LT9524


Adolf Augustus Berle, Gerold Frank, Peter Ustinov and Irita Taylor Van Doren


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