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Erling Storrusten Learns His Life Was in Danger

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Thinking that he was only in danger if he were caught by the Nazis who occupied his country, during World War II, Erling Storrusten (a Norwegian) is surprised to learn the rest of the story, in 1985.

During that year, he was reunited with Albert Taraldstad—one of his five guides—who helped him escape to Sweden. For the first time, Erling learns a key fact.

The guide had orders to shoot Erling (who was a teenager when he fled Norway, trying to evade the Gestapo) if they encountered Germans during Erling's escape to Sweden.

This image, from a Norwegian newspaper printed in 1985, depicts Erling (wearing glasses) as he appeared at that time.


Media Credits

Image described above, online via "WWI in Norge" (WWII in Norway), a Norwegian website, with an English translation, created by Geoff and Else Ward, which tells stories about "Norway: War Resistance Peace."

 

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