Vidkun Quisling Biography
(Minister President of Norway (1942-45))
Birthday: July 18, 1887 (Cancer)
Born In: Fyresdal Municipality, Norway
Vidkun Quisling was a Norwegian army official and a politician, best known as an aid to Hitler’s ‘Nazi Party’ who assisted Hitler in occupying Norway during the Second World War. This act of treachery has earned him the tag of “traitor.” Quisling joined the Norwegian army in 1911. He was later posted as a Norwegian diplomat to the Soviet Russia. He also managed British affairs for some time, and from 1931 to 1933, he served as the minister of defense in the ‘Farmers’ Party’ government in Norway. A keen believer of fascism, he laid down the foundation of his very own fascist party, ‘Nasjonal Samling,’ in 1933. However, his frequent failure in the elections had him rethinking his decisions. At the beginning of the Second World War, he supported the ‘Nazi Party’ and was made the prime minister in 1942, after the Nazi party came to power. He ran a puppet government for Hitler and completely supported the massacre of Jews during the Holocaust. The Quisling regime is hence known as one of the darkest periods in Norway’s political history. Once the war was over, Quisling was sentenced to death, after being found guilty of murders, treason, and embezzlement. His death sentence was carried out on October 24, 1945, in Oslo.