Quisling, Vidkun (1887-1945)

Quisling was educated as officer, and was a major of rank. He distinguished himself at an early age, getting remarkably good exams at all schools he attended. Quisling was appointed military attaché in Petrograd, Russia in 1918, and Helsinki, Finland in 1920. He joined the famous Frithjof Nansen during the humanitarian work in the Ukraine, Armenia and Caucasus for several years, and even received the British MBE order.
In 1931 he got Minister of Defence in the Agrarian government in Norway, and soon became a controversial person in the Norwegian media. In 1933, Quisling and some close friends, among them J.B Hjort, Ragnvald Hvoslef and Fredrik Prytz started the political party “Nasjonal Samling” (National unity).
Nasjonal Samling clearly built its fundament on anti-communism and extreme nationalism, and was quite different than all other parties at that time. Quisling even created his own philosophy: the Universism, a teaching that never got well known. Quisling attended the international fascist meeting in Montreaux in 1935.
After the NS split in 1937, the party became more like a sect, but this did not prevent the memberships to reach about 55 000 during the war. One of Quislings problems, was his lack of the ability to communicate or join discussions.
Vidkun Quisling wrote several books, among them the anti- Communist “Russland og vi”, Quisling was found guilty of high treason in 1945, and was executed on the 24th October 1945. 
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