Monday, February 10, 2014

Knut Hamsun's Obituary for Adolf Hitler

Knut Hamsun (1859 - 1952) was a Norwegian Nobel laureate. He long sympathized with German fascism and admired Hitler. In 1940 he wrote: "the Germans are fighting for us." On Hitler's death on 30 April, 1945, he wrote a moving obituary of the German leader, remarkable in political context and content. He was tried for treason but due to age and health, he was confined to a hospital in Grimstad, where he died in 1952.

Click here to see some materials on Hamsun.

Knut Hamsun in 1945, the year that he wrote 
his obituary for Adolf Hitler.

The following was published in the Alftenposten:
Adolf Hitler 
I'm not worthy to speak up for Adolf Hitler, and to any sentimental rousing his life and deeds do not invite. 
Hitler was a warrior, a warrior for humankind and a preacher of the gospel of justice for all nations. He was a reforming character of the highest order, and his historical fate was that he functioned in a time of exampleless brutality, which in the end felled him. 
Thus may the ordinary Western European look at Adolf Hitler. And we, his close followers, bow our heads at his death. 
Knut Hamsun