WWII Nazi leader’s passport up for auction

A passport used by Norway’s Nazi leader Vidkun Quisling has been put up for auction, seventy years after he was executed following the end of Germany's occupation in 1945.

WWII Nazi leader’s passport up for auction
Nazi leader Vidkun Quisling and his second wife, Maria, who is thought to have sold the passport. Photo: National Archives of Norway
Quisling served as minister-president for the pro-nazi puppet government established in Norway during German's occupation during the Second World War. 
Oslo's Blomqvist auction house is now auctioning the passport he used while he was a diplomat stationed in Moscow between 1925 and 1930, a period in which he travelled extensively in the newly established Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. 
Trond Schøning, an expert at Blomqvist, denied that the passport would attract bids from Nazi sympathisers or Quisling admirers. 
“It’s about time that we shine some light on this,” he told Norway’s Dagbladet newspaper. “We know that there is great interest in historical artefacts from the war, but it’s not Nazi sympathisers who are obsessed by this. Our experience is that it is often the descendants of people who were in the resistance movement in Norway who are interested.”
The auction house has previously sold a dagger and SS helmet that belonged to Jonas Lie, minister of police during the Quisling years.
Vidkun Quisling’s widow Maria, who fell on hard times during the 1960s, is thought to have sold the passport, along with a number of other documents, through her lawyer, although according to Dagbladet passport may also have been first sold in 1983 when her estate was auctioned after her death. 
“Both the sellers and we ourselves look at this material with great seriousness. There is a lot of tragedy behind this, both on a personal level and for the nation,”  Schøning said. “We need to show respect for the tragedies connected to Vidkun Quisling. We are talking about probably the most hated man in Norwegian history.”

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Refugees raise far-right threat: Norway intel

The biggest risk posed to Norway's national security by the influx of migrants is a possible violent reaction from the far-right, and not the infiltration of Islamists, Norway's intelligence service said Thursday.

Refugees raise far-right threat: Norway intel
Norwegian far-right terrorist Anders Breivik makes a Nazi salute at his trial in 2012. Photo: Lise Åserud / Scanpix

“Asylum seekers linked to radical Islam are not a main concern to the PST in the short-term,” intelligence service PST said in a statement.

“The increasing flow of asylum seekers in Norway could, first and foremost, have negative consequences on threats linked to far-right circles in Norway. This is because hostility to immigration is one of the main issues, and an important mobilising factor, for these circles,” it said.

The Scandinavian country is still traumatised by its inability to prevent right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik's July 2011 twin attacks. He killed 77 people over his opposition to multiculturalism and what he called “the Muslim invasion.”

Norway has never experienced a deadly Islamist attack on its soil. Some on social media have suggested that members of the Islamic State or other extremist Islamic groups may be slipping unnoticed into European countries amid the large influx of migrants, in order to carry out attacks one day.

“The threat linked to radical Islam comes primarily from people born or raised in Norway, and who have been radicalised here,” PST said.

The statement added that the far-left could also pose a threat, and noted that the two sides could face off in violent clashes. 

In the first eight months of the year, Norway registered more than 8,000 asylum seekers, of whom about a quarter are Syrian, with the numbers rising in recent weeks.

Immigration authorities expect up to 20,000 asylum applications for the full year, which would be a record.