Mission to Hanoi, 1968


Hoa Lo prison (the “Hanoi Hilton”).

“In the 1960s, Jesuit priest and poet Daniel Berrigan, his brother Josephite priest Philip Berrigan, and Trappist monk Thomas Merton formed an interfaith coalition against the Vietnam War. In 1967, Philip was arrested for non-violent protest and sentenced to six years in prison. As recounted here, Daniel Berrigan and historian and activist Howard Zinn traveled to Hanoi in February 1968 during the Tet Offensive to bring out three American airmen who had been shot down over North Vietnam—the first prisoners of war to be released since the bombing began. ‘The mission is calculated to outrage some on both sides,’ he writes. For more on this historic trip, see his book, Night Flight to Hanoi: War Diary with 11 Poems. In May 1968, together with eight other Catholic activists later known as the Catonsville Nine, Berrigan burned over 300 draft files in protest against the war. Arrested and sentenced to three years in prison, he went into hiding, but was caught and served his time. … WORLDVIEW Magazine ran from 1958-85 and featured articles by political philosophers, scholars, churchmen, statesmen, and writers from across the political spectrum. Find the entire archive online here. …”
Carnegie Council
Mission to Hanoi (PDF)
Mission to Hanoi, Pt II (PDF)

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