RESCUING IT FROM GERMANS
By THOMAS R. HENRY OSLO. Members of the Norwegian forces which resisted the Germans through the years of occupation are collecting bit by bit the furnishings of the Royal Palace and the personal possessions of King Haakon, mostly looted by the Germans and cached over the country or sold in the black market. Patriotic Norwegians bought some of these objects from the Germans and have held them while waiting for liberation. The monarch will find his own quarters almost unchanged. Most of the King's furniture is intact, as it had been taken by Vidkun Quisling for his personal use. But the paintings and tapestries from the palace are still missing. To-day most of the Royal family's silver is hidden in a vicarage near Oslo. In a pawnshop was found a gold cigarette case presented to Haakon. when a youth, as a birthday present from Queen Victoria. General Wilhelm Hansteen, deputy commander of the Norwegian Army, described precautions being taken to prevent the Germans from getting away with small loot, such as jewels, when they are evacuated. All will be made to march a long distance to their boats with all their baggage, to prevent them from hiding any loot in the baggage wagons carrying them to the point from which they will be made to walk. Disarming of the Germans is proceeding faster than scheduled, AirMarshal Sir Arthur Tedder, General Eisenhower's deputy, said after an inspection to-day. He praised the efficiency and discipline of the Norse underground as having been the best in Europe. General Hansteen is now incorporating these groups, whose members did not know each other until three weeks ago, into new Army units.—Auckland Star and N.A.N.A.
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NORSE PATRIOTS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 181, 2 August 1945
NORSE PATRIOTS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 181, 2 August 1945
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