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4 Norwegian soldiers helped SS murdering Civilians in Warsaw 1944

Mr Grunwald 33 | 2,200  
18 Aug 2009 /  #1
Today I was reading this article on VG (Verdens Gang)

Norwegian frontfighters comitted attrocities in Poland

A handfull of Norwegians in Hitlers service were in groups wich comitted terrible attrocities when they tried to eliminate the civilians in Warsaw Autumn 1944, written in a new book.

It's in the bookd named «De som falt» (They who fell) that NRK- journalist Eirik Veum discovers for the first time the destiny to all of the 836 Norwegians who fell in the German service. In the book it is written that 4 Norwegians commited terrible attrocities.

The four of them were killed while they tried to eliminate Polish civilians. The first one were an 18 yeard old man from Lier, the second a 17 year old man from Oslo, the third a 19 year old man from Oslo and the fourth a 25 year old from Bergen writes Aftenposten. (An other Norwegian newspaper)

Terrible attrocities
Veum underlines that most of the Norwegian soldiers who got recruited to the German war effort were participating in «normal» war effort, if you look away from that Hitlers war really was against commonjustification and criminal. The books photo materials were collected by Geir Brenden. They have gone through many documented sources to get into what happened.

«Every human they see in their advance, has to be killed. If it's an infant, non, nurse or handicapped patients doesn't matter. Everyone has to be killed» was written in the about SS-groups attack on the civilians in Warsaw

New knowledge
Veum says its time to be open about the Norwegians who fought on the German side during the war.

- Only with full openess can we get answers to questions wich has been tabu in 65 years, he says.

The leader of "Norges Hjemmefrontmuseum" ,Arnfinn Moland, says the book is impressive. He strongly informed us that the new knowledge about Norwegians participated in a group wich had to fight the Warsaw uprising, and that in that way the book adds something important to Norways war history.
vetala - | 382  
18 Aug 2009 /  #2
Poor boys. So young and forced to do something so horrible.
Bratwurst Boy 9 | 11,684  
18 Aug 2009 /  #3
Erm...SS were all volunteers as far as I know...
vetala - | 382  
18 Aug 2009 /  #4
Oh... I thought they were like Mathias Schenk. Seems I was wrong. Well then - Poor Norwegians, having such dumb, cruel, inhuman bastards as their countrymen.
tomekcatkins 8 | 130  
18 Aug 2009 /  #5
Well, the positive thing is that the Norwegians seem very helpful people. Unfortunately, they offered their help to the baddies. ;-)
szkotja2007 27 | 1,498  
18 Aug 2009 /  #6
This is an interesting site. Apparently 15000 Norwegians volunteered for the Wehrmacht. About a tenth of them were in the SS.
OP Mr Grunwald 33 | 2,200  
19 Aug 2009 /  #7
Yupp, many were. Thankfully most Norwegians weren't pro. Often on a red active way tho, but all of them were loyal to the king except for the traitors ofcourse. The children that were born after the war and had a father wich was a German soldier had some hard time.

Just as Poland the legal government didn't surrender and escaped to UK with the king. But some politicians didn't betray Norway.

But it is also wierd becaouse there were allmost no attrocities in Norway since Quisling worked hard so that it wouldn't happen. Also the Norwegians in UK told specificly that it shouldn't be any uprisings or partisant activities since it would lead to attrocities. Also Norwegians fighting as commandoes had to use british eqipemtn and uniforms and didn't use Norwegian flag so that the UK would get the blame.

Tho in that way the NS in Norway used it as propaganda
"Look where the king runs to, a country wich bombs us and destroy our ships" and etc.
Thankfully 15 000 of some (today) 4 million Norwegians are a minor part of Norway.

Every country has it's dark sides!
19 Aug 2009 /  #8
Except Poland obviously.
SeanBM 35 | 5,793  
19 Aug 2009 /  #9
Only at night.
1jola 14 | 1,879  
19 Aug 2009 /  #10
Pan Kazimierz 1 | 195  
19 Aug 2009 /  #11
Only at night.

And only in rural areas. :)
peterweg 37 | 2,309  
19 Aug 2009 /  #12
Apparently 15000 Norwegians volunteered for the Wehrmacht. About a tenth of them were in the SS.

I went to school with a boy whose grandfather was in the Norwegian SS.

A source of considerable shame, apparently.
OP Mr Grunwald 33 | 2,200  
19 Aug 2009 /  #13
For some yes, for others it's a source of pride.
I am living in the place Lier (Wich one of thoose 4 soldiers were from)
I was at School and one said out load "hehe my grandfather was in the NS!"
I just so wanted to tell him "My grand grand father killed son of a ******* like him!"
But the teachers didn't react on what he said so I got confused and were silent.

I know some of Polands dark side, doesn't mean I tell it to everyone -.-

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