Defiant Courage: A WWII Epic of Escape and Endurance.pdf
Astrid Karlsen Scott, a native of Norway, is internationally known for her books on Norweigan culture. Her award winning video, Christmas in Norway, has been shown on television in the United States and Eurpoe. She is also president of Nordic Adventure, a company dedicated to the promotion of Norweigan culture. Dr. Tore Haug is a second cousin of Jan Baalsrud. He is an MD, a specialised general practitioner with a private practice in Norway. He studied and recieved his medical degree from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany.
The incredible true story of one man's escape from Nazis in Norway. "I remember reading "We Die Alone" in 1970 and I could never forget it. Then when we went to Norway to do a docudrama, people told us again and again that certain parts were pure fiction. Since I was a Norwegian that was not good enough; I had to find the truth. I sincerely believe we did," writes author Astrid Karlsen Scott. "Defiant Courage" is the true story of what Jan Baalsrud endured as he tried to escape from the Gestapo in Norway's Troms District. In late March 1943, in the midst of WWII, four Norwegian saboteurs arrived in northern Norway on a fishing cutter and set anchor in Toftefjord to establish a base for their operations. However, they were betrayed, and a German boat attacked the cutter, creating a battlefield and spiraling Jan Baalsrud into the adventure of his life. The only survivor, a wounded Baalsrud begins a perilous journey to freedom, swimming icy fjords, climbing snow-covered peaks, enduring snowstorms, and getting caught in a monstrous avalanche. More than sixty people of the Troms District risk their lives to help Baalsrud, suffering from snow blindness and frostbite, to freedom. Meticulously researched for more than five years, Karlsen Scott and Haug bring forth the truth behind this captivating, edge-of-your-seat, real-life survival story.