A Quick Bit Of WWII History

Here is a character from World War II that has not had a prominent place in movies such as Life Is Beautiful or Schindler’s List. It is also word I missed in history class.

Quisling. A noun.

This word came into use in the 1930s as a means to describe the followers of Vidkun Quisling (1887–1945). Quisling spent the majority of his life in politics. He was a Norweign most famous for helping Nazi Germany invade his own country. He was later tried and found guilty of embezzlement, murder, and treason and killed by a firing squad in October 1945.

The word is now synonymous with traitor, defector, double-dealer.  The verb, quisle, has fallen from usage.

 


Inspired by the letter Q in the A to Z Challenge for the month of April. Thanks to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary and Wikipedia for a quick lesson in history. Thank you, reader, for stopping by.

 

 

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