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OSLO, Norway, Sep 8, 2006 (UPI via COMTEX) -- The collected works of Vidkun Quisling, the executed fascist leader of Norway during World War II, are set to be published in book form next month.

Aftenposten said the Norwegian publishing house Juritzen will publish the book, which is made up of the infamous Nazi collaborator's notes and papers on what he called "Universalism."

"This book is not about war and treason, but about what Quisling really wanted to be, philosopher, author. He really wanted to write, to be known as a thinker rather than a politician," said publisher Arve Juritzen. "The book can also explain why he did what he did. This is also a snapshot from the '20s, '30s and '40s. The thoughts and attitudes are striking and it is not so long ago, yet one thought incredibly differently."

Quisling ruled occupied Norway as minister president until the end of World War II, when he faced charges of high treason and was executed for his crimes. His name lives on in Norway as an eponym for traitor.

Juritzen said the book contains virtually no material that could be construed as supportive of modern-day right-wing extremists or neo-Nazis, the newspaper reported.


Copyright 2006 by United Press International

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