Millard Lampell, a screenwriter, novelist and songwriter who survived blacklisting to become an award-winning television writer, was a socially conscious writer who communicated in every medium he could: books, songs, public speaking, movies, theatre and television. He wrote about unions and nuclear war, the Warsaw ghetto and life in the Army, Civil War orphans and integration. He was also a founder of the Almanac Singers with Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Lee Hays, a pioneering urban folk group. In 1960, Mr. Lampell's adaptation of John Hersey's book The Wall, about Nazi terror in the Warsaw ghetto, was produced on Broadway. Howard Taubman wrote in The New York Times that it "combines shattering power with searing compassion." It was produced in Europe, and a television adaptation won Peabody and Christopher Awards.
He went on to write television series including East Side, West Side, Eagle in a Cage, The Adams Chronicles, Rich Man, Poor Man and The Orphan Train, which won a Writers Guild Award.