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1942: Vidkun Quisling Becomes Prime Minister of Norway

1942: Vidkun Quisling Becomes Prime Minister of Norway
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Vidkun Quisling became the head of the Norwegian government thanks to Adolf Hitler rather than through elections. As party leader, Quisling held the title of “Fører”, the Norwegian version of the German title “Führer”.

Vidkun Quisling became the head of the Norwegian government on this day in 1942. His name has become a synonym for “collaborator” because Quisling cooperated with Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime.

Quisling was the son of a Protestant pastor of the Norwegian church, and was born around two years before Hitler. He was the head of a Norwegian party called the Nasjonal Samling (NS), which can be translated as “National Gathering” or “National Union”. As party leader, Quisling held the title of “Fører”, the Norwegian version of the German title “Führer”.

Vidkun Quisling became the head of the Norwegian government thanks to Adolf Hitler rather than through elections. Namely, the election results of the NS in prewar Norway were quite poor. However, the Third Reich occupied Norway during World War II, and Quisling was appointed the head of government (called Minister President in Norway) on this day in 1942.

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