Norway – a safe haven for WWII war criminals

I am quite sure many people would have liked to let sleeping dogs be… however… truth wants out. Perhaps if we Norwegians can face the horrific facts of the past, we will be able to face an uncomfortable truth now – we have serious issues to sort out in the openminded- and-plurality-department.


The Local 2013 11 20

Richard Orange

The world’s leading Nazi hunter is planning to come to Norway for up to three months to investigate Norwegians who may have committed war crimes as part of the Waffen SS’s Wiking division

Efraim Zuroff, director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem, wants to meet justice minister Anders Anundsen to lobby for a commission to investigate the elite international Panzer division.

“I want to ask the government to establish a commission of inquiry to investigate what happened in the Wiking division and what role Norwegians played in war crimes committed during the Second World War,” Zuroff told Norway’s NRK news channel.

A former Wiking soldier, Olav Tuff, told NRK earlier this year that he had witnessed Norwegian soldiers committing war crimes against Jews and other civilians when he was serving on the Eastern Front in 1941.

More recently, the book “Unforgiven Norwegians”, by the journalist Eirik Veum has highlighted Norwegian involvement in war-time atrocities.

Zuroff intends to spend up to four months in Norway researching the country’s involvement.

He also wants to push for an amendment to Norwegian law to end the limitation on prosecution for past war crimes, which would make it impossible to jail perpetrators of crimes from the 1940s.

Several hundred Norwegians served in the Waffen SS during the Second World War, fighting under German officers alongside Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Estonian, Dutch and Belgian volunteers.

Zuroff said that a thorough investigation was important on “a moral and historical level”, as well as simply being a way to identify those guilty of war crimes

“It is important that what happened there is actually known in Norway, because there were many who served in the Wiking division,” he said. “This should be taught in Norwegian schools.”

Zuroff believes the commission should look at war crimes on the Eastern Front, crimes against Norwegian Jews who were sent to concentration camps, and conditions in Norwegian prisoner camps that were run by Norwegians and Norwegian guards.

Veum believes that several hundred Norwegians who fought on the German side in the Second World War are still alive today.

3 comments for “Norway – a safe haven for WWII war criminals

  1. : )
    November 21, 2013 at 12:57 pm


    the problem is that after the 2 ww started the cold war, those that had fighted against communism became equal to the one that had fighted against the Nazi’s. One fighted was against ideology to save democracy so it was ok to kill.

    In my opinion its very odd that the average person in a democracy can have any kind of bird overlook at all. Understanding of the persons surrondings yes but a complete overlook? No that is a mental condition! No way normal at all!

  2. : )
    November 24, 2013 at 7:12 am


    can you write something about Bobby Fischer?–Bobbys-problem-var-at-han-var-sa-sint-Hatefull-Paranoid-Han-stolte-ikke-pa-noen-7362717.html

    Is his story similar to Atzmon’s? What are happen to people that start to hate, why is it more normal to feel hate than shame as Martin says? My observations is that its not so, to feel hate one normaly have a problem with one own self image from the begining and need a very organised surrondings.

    And Oluf Palme. Its comeplete new to me that he compared Israel with Nazi’s. I doubt that Norway and Sweeden can be so similar. When did a Norwegian priminister say so strong words?

    Still lot of snow her : ) Its really nice!

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