quisling, vidkun

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Quisling, Vidkun [(kwiz-ling)]

A Norwegian military officer and politician of the twentieth century. He collaborated with the Germans in their conquest of Norway in World War II; the Germans rewarded him by making him leader of the German-controlled government of the country. After the German defeat, the Norwegian government had Quisling tried for treason and executed.

Note: “Quislings” are persons who betray their country through cooperation with the enemy.
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