Ref NoOHP/65
TitleHella Pick
DateJanuary-June 2002
Extent4 minidiscs, 4 cds, 1 file, 7 AIFF files (2.3 GB)
Creator NamePick; Hella Henrietta (1929-2024); writer and journalist
DescriptionInterview with Hella Pick, foreign correspondent and diplomatic editor for the Guardian. Conducted by Lucy Ward on two separate occasions, 23 January and 18 June 2002. Also includes a data sheet containing biographical details about the subject and information about the recording.

Summary contents of interview (with rough timings):

Disc 1 - recorded 23 January 2002:
Track 1
00.00 Joining the Guardian

10.30 Discusses Alastair Hetherington

Track 2
00.00 Her roles at the Guardian

Track 3
00.00 In 1975 offered her dream job as diplomatic correspondent, then diplomatic editor

15.54 Describes a typical day at work
26.15 Remembers the Cuban missile crisis

Disc 2:
00.48 Discusses colleagues including Alistair Cooke, Max Freedman, Alastair Hetherington, Geoffrey Taylor, Mary Stott and Simon Tisdall

12.15 Discusses Peter Preston

23.30 Alan Rusbridger as editor and how he has changed the newspaper
26.40 Hella on her background. She was a Jewish child refugee from Austria

41.00 Position as a woman

50.40 Her regrets
53.00 Asked what is the Guardian's distinctive ethos and identity?

Disc 3 - recorded 18 June 2002:
Track 1
01.01 Remembers the Cuban Missile crisis
03.12 Rememebrs the John F Kennedy assassination
07.30 Remembers the American civil rights movement

12.40 Other UN stories
16.53 Back in Europe and Geneva based in1968

22.09 Vietnam peace negotiations in Paris and 'student revolution'

31.20 Averell Harriman
33.40 Battles with Simon Winchester when covering Washington in 1972
37.00 Watergate

42.40 Her return to London
48.00 Flying to Moscow

52.15 Poland
57.00 Discusses Polish politician, Lech Walesa

63.45 Ceaucescu

Disc 4:
Track 1
00.40 Eastern Europe story started to change through the 1980s
09.40 Discussion of Gorbachev

Track 2
06.50 Feelings towards Germany

14.11 Discusses 1989
17.00 Yugoslavia

25.00 Career highlights including Reykjavik, Tito's long dying and death, the Watergate scandal, the Pope's visits to Poland and contacts with Polish leaders, and Commonwealth conferences including Thatcher on sanctions
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsAccess to recording via GNM Digital Repository
FormatElectronic record
CD recording
Printed document
Minidisc recording
CopyrightGuardian News & Media Ltd and Hella Pick

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