By Mike Walsh
Never underestimate the power of propaganda or consider yourself immune to it. Propaganda is persistent, powerful, and pervasive. The courage and integrity of Norwegian statesman Vidkun Quisling (1887 ~ 1945) sets him apart from all but a very few great men. Yet, his name is synonymous with base treachery and cowardice.
When on June 22 1941 the Reich invaded Soviet Occupied Europe the guts were torn out of Stalin’s intention to invade Europe three weeks later on July 6. During their rapid deployment German troops were astonished to find icons and busts of Vidkun Quisling and Fridtjof Nansen placed in homesteads and Orthodox Churches. Few of these troops would be other than vaguely aware of Quisling but throughout the Reich liberated territories Quisling was revered as a saint.
Vidkun Quisling with Hitler
At 21-years old the young Norwegian achieved an Army officer’s position. Three…
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