Quisling, Vidkun (1887-1945)
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