William L. Shirer and Peter Ustinov

Monday, November 21, 1960

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

Unnamed host introduces Shirer, who speaks about his book on Nazi Germany and Hitler, "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich." Shirer thanks Van Doren. Discussion of his experience in the war years in Berlin. Capture of confidential documents of the Germany government, army, navy, etc. Compares Hitler to Khrushchev, a story of a professor who called Khrushchev a fool and was arrested and convicted. For more on William L. Shirer, please visit

Ustinov talks about filming a movie in Berlin and his new book "The Loser."

Van Doren introduces to close the program.

WNYC archives id: 71194

Hosted by:

Irita Taylor Van Doren


William L. Shirer and Peter Ustinov


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