Trude Lorentzen

Quisling's Suitcase. In The Footsteps of the World's Most Infamous Traitor

Quislings koffert. I fotsporene til en forræder

With a brown leather suitcase in his hand Vidkun Quisling leaves for Ukraine to save ordinary people’s lives from starvation and death — later on he leaves for Berlin, carrying the same suitcase, to meet with Adolf Hitler. When Trude Lorentzen buys the infamous traitor’s suitcase at an auction many years later, it’s the beginning of a vivid and compelling investigative hunt through history. Who was this man who aimed to become Norway’s own Nazi dictator? Why did he choose to betray his own country and people? His brown leather suitcase has witnessed it all: cannibalism, bigamy — and in total eleven visits to Der Führer.

Quisling’s Suitcase is a strong story from the past that speaks to us today, and the book comments on current events with frightening precision. A book on how to choose the right or wrong way when we face an important cross road. The book is based on the podcast success «Quisling’s suitcase», but offers lots of new, never before published material to the readers.

Lorentzen quislings koffert 9788248929864
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Photo: Agnete Brun

Trude Lorentzen (b. 1974) was born and lives in Oslo with her husband and children. She is an experienced and highly admired feature journalist, who won the Great Journalism Prize for a reportage on the empty rooms that remained from the young Utøya victims. She has worked many years in Dagbladet Magasinet, and is well reputed for her excellent writing and original journalistic approach to the various subjects she covers. In 2013 she wrote My Mother: A Mystery which was both a best seller and nominated for the Brage Prize for best non fiction. In the book she writes about her mother’s suicide.