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Defiant Courage: A WWII Epic of Escape and Endurance
     

Defiant Courage: A WWII Epic of Escape and Endurance

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by Astrid Karlsen Scott, Tore Haug, Harald Zwart (Foreword by)
 

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The incredible true story of one man’s escape from Nazis in Norway.

“I remember reading We Die Alone in 1970 and I could never forget it. Then when we went to Norway to do a docudrama, people told us again and again that certain parts were pure fiction. Since I was a Norwegian that was not good enough; I had to find the truth. I

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The incredible true story of one man’s escape from Nazis in Norway.

“I remember reading We Die Alone in 1970 and I could never forget it. Then when we went to Norway to do a docudrama, people told us again and again that certain parts were pure fiction. Since I was a Norwegian that was not good enough; I had to find the truth. I sincerely believe we did,” writes author Astrid Karlsen Scott. Defiant Courage is the true story of what Jan Baalsrud endured as he tried to escape from the Gestapo in Norway’s Troms District.

In late March 1943, in the midst of WWII, four Norwegian saboteurs arrived in northern Norway on a fishing cutter and set anchor in Toftefjord to establish a base for their operations. However, they were betrayed, and a German boat attacked the cutter, creating a battlefield and spiraling Jan Baalsrud into the adventure of his life. The only survivor, a wounded Baalsrud begins a perilous journey to freedom, swimming icy fjords, climbing snow-covered peaks, enduring snowstorms, and getting caught in a monstrous avalanche. More than sixty people of the Troms District risk their lives to help Baalsrud, suffering from snow blindness and frostbite, to freedom. Meticulously researched for more than five years, Karlsen Scott and Haug bring forth the truth behind this captivating, edge-of-your-seat, real-life survival story.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781628736649
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
06/03/2014
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
533,046
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Astrid Karlsen Scott, a native of Norway, is internationally known for her books on Norwegian culture. Her award-winning video, Christmas in Norway, has been shown on television in the United States and in Europe. She is also president of Nordic Adventure, a company dedicated to the promotion of Norwegian culture.

Dr. Tore Haug is a second cousin of Jan Baalsrud. He is an MD, a specialized general practitioner with a private practice in Norway. He studied and received his medical degree from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany.

Harald Zwart is a well-known Norwegian film director currently living in Los Angeles. His films include One Night at McCool’s starring Michael Douglas and the remake of The Karate Kid starring Jackie Chan. He has been named one of Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch.

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Defiant Courage: A WWII Epic of Escape and Endurance 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I brought this book in hardcover about a dozen years ago.  I could not put it down.   I have loaned it to family and friends and they had the same reaction.  What a brave man who suffered though difficult times.  She also is the author of another Norweign patriot entitled Silent Patroit.  I would highly recommend both books
ordaned More than 1 year ago
The authors knew the story had to be told...and they decided to leave nothing out of the written account. They trekked through Norway's fjords and mountains to experience their hero's ordeal themselves. When all in his spy ship were caught and slaughtered by vengeful Gestapo men, he moved on with the help of patriotic Norwegians and Sami people to finally get to Sweden to tell the whole story of Nazi actions and the kindness of many to hide him, feed him, care for his wounds, and see him safely across the border with rifles crackling after them and his rescuers. It was arduous, but the passion of his love for freedom was and still is inspiring even though none of us would wish to endure it. It's a daring story of conquered people demonstrating that though the nation may be occupied by ignoble Nazis their hearts were still immersed in "Ja Vi Elske detted Landet," Yes, we love this land...Norway!
Anonymous 12 days ago
This was one of the best books I've ever read. The courage of these patriotic people was awe inspiring.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was interesting and I enjoyed it, but a little 'draggy'. If you are interested in the Norwegian fight against Nazism, it will cup of tea.