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Cold case Hammarskjöld: conspiracy theory central

Cold Case Hammarskjöld: a tale riddled with conspiracy theories
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Was the plane crash that cost UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld his life in 1961 the result of a steering mistake or was it a planned attack? Hammarskjöld was flying to meet the rebel leader who had split Katanga from the recently independent Congo with the help of Belgian mercenaries and the mining companies. The secret services were putting in overtime. In other words, we have the ingredients of a shocking Cold War novel except for one crucial detail: the denouement.

For the past 57 years, investigative journalists, official research teams, historians, amateur sleuths, and conspiracy theorists have sought in vain to expose the truth. The controversial Danish documentary filmmaker Mads Brügger is now also taking a shot in close cooperation with the Swede Göran Björkdahl.

They have identified a Belgian pilot as the one who shot down the plane, but focus most of their attention on the role of an extremely secretive South African paramilitary organization that was planning a genocide. The case is riddled with conspiracy theories.

Brügger’s approach is eccentric. He stages himself and has made the film a challenging and exciting showpiece that raises many questions.

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