who was quisling - what was he?

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    NORWAY'S BENEDICT ARNOLD

    Born 1887.
    Executed Oct. 24, 1945.

    AS IN ALL the other occupied countries, the Nazi power profited from the support of local sympathisers. During a visit to Hitler in Berlin in the winter of 1939-40, the leader of the national socialist Nasjonal Samling Party, Vidkun Qusiling, had pointed out how valuable it would be for Germany to occupy Norway. Immediately after the invasion, on the morning of April 9, 1940, he proclaimed himself the new head of the government and ordered the Norwegian armed forces to stop battling the Germans. But Qusiling's intervention backfired and stimulated the resistance. Thus, the occupying power quickly realized that -- for the time being -- Qusiling did not serve their interests and they chose to base their administration of the country on a certain degree of give-and-take with the existing civilian authorities.

    Qusiling, Vidkun (1887-1945), Norwegian politician, whose collaboration with the Nazis...during World War II (1939-1945) made his name synonymous with traitor. In the 1930s he found the Nationa Union, a Fascist party that received subsidies from Germany. After the Nazi invasion of Norway in 1940 the National Union was declared the only legal party. The Germans installed Qusiling as prime minister in 1942 and throughout the war he collaborated with the Nazis.

    Qusiling was tried and executed after the war.
 
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