Vidkun Quisling Found Guilty of War Crimes, Will Be Executed Hot

Vidkun Quisling Found Guilty of War Crimes, Will Be Executed

Vidkun Quisling, 1935

Vidkun Quisling, former Minister-President of Norway, is found guilty of numerous crimes in connection to his collaboration with Nazi Germany during World War II and is sentenced to death. He will be executed by firing squad next month.

During his trial Vidkun Quisling rarely told the full truth and frequently misrepresented facts in order to bolster his primary defense argument: that whatever he did, he did as part of working for a free, independent Norway. Few if any Norwegians believe his claims.

Quisling's Nasjonal Samling started receiving funding from Adolf Hitler in 1939, and he consistently supported Hitler's fascist policies, his general anti-Semitism, and his military steps during the European war.

Because of all this, Hitler was able to count on Quisling to create a pro-Nazi government when Germany launched its "protective" invasion of Norway in 1940. During his incarceration Quisling will come to see the European war as an important step in the development of God's kingdom of earth and tries to incorporate this into his defense.

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1945 Newsreel: Vidkun Quisling is Executed

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