Inquiring minds: What is a quisling?

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q. What is a quisling?

A.  Vidkun Quisling was a Norwegian politician who cooperated with the enemy when his country was invaded by the Nazis during the Second World War.  As the leader of the small Norwegian Nazi Party, Quisling became head of the puppet government during the German Occupation. He was so detested by his countrymen and others on the Allied side that, nearly seventy years after his execution after the Liberation of Norway, his name in lowercase letters remains a synonym for traitor. (“Encyclopedia of World War II”)
Are you interested in the history of the Second World War? You can find out much more about it by attending the Library’s World War II discussion series and other programs this fall. Check the Library’s website for a full list of events:  www.rclreads.org

Do you have a question for the staff at the Roseville Library? You can call them at 628-6803 or ask your question in person at the Information Desk, Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave. Library hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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