Daniel Schorr: His first Monitor story, from 1948
Daniel Schorr wrote his first article as a reporter for the Monitor in 1948, when he was hired to cover the Netherlands, after having worked at news agencies and contributed to other news outlets. This article from the International Court of Justice was a fulfillment of his ambition to be a foreign correspondent at the beginning of his journalism career.
Editor's note: Veteran newsman Daniel Schorr passed away on Friday. One of his first reporting jobs was for us, as a Monitor correspondent covering the Netherlands. Below is his first dispatch as a Monitor reporter.Skip to next paragraph
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United Europe Congress Opens
May 7, 1948
Two years ago a union of European countries seemed just a dream of a few visionaries. Today some 800 delegates are gathering for the first United Europe Congress - and the matter-of-fact forecast is heard that a super-national structure will emerge in the course of 1949.
For some time it is not likely to be the all-embracing union from the British Isles to the Caucasus which has stirred the imagination of pan-Europeans for generations. Russia is busy "welding together an eastern European union of its own. But this very consolidation in east Europe has given the new impetus to the West to sing age-old rivalries and national divergencies.
Almost every major postwar development has had the effect of pushing western European countries towards some form of unity - the deepening shadow of Russia, the pooling of resources under the Marshall Plan and the Brussels "Western Union."
Even a year ago, when the idea of a "United Europe Congress'* was envisaged, the organizers hardly expected that such strides would have been made before the delegates gathered.
I was in The Netherlands last July when the idea of this Congress was broached. Senator Pieter A. Kerstens, head of the organizing committee, hoped it would marshal the hitherto divided forces seeking European unity. It hardly was expected that May, 1948, would find half of Europe already ripe for such unity.
In the words of Count Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi, who is here representing the European Parliamentary Union: "The tremendous boom of this idea in the past 18 months is due primarily to the policies of four statesmen - Churchill, Marshall, Bevin, and Stalin. Churchill gave Europe a common hope, Marshall a common interest, Bevin a common organization, and Stalin a common danger."
Under a red-white flag bearing a single "E" for Europe, the delegates from seven organizations now are convening in the 13th Century Hall of Knights for a five-day session to establish nongovernmental bodies to further the united Europe movement.