|AS IN ALL the other occupied
countries, the Nazi power profited from the support of local sympathisers.
During a visit to Hitler in Berlin in the winter of 1939-40, the leader
of the national socialist Nasjonal Samling Party, Vidkun
Quisling, had pointed out how valuable
it would be for Germany to occupy Norway. Immediately after the invasion,
on the morning of April 9, 1940, he proclaimed himself the new head of
the government and ordered the Norwegian armed forces to stop battling
the Germans. But Quisling's intervention backfired and stimulated the resistance.
Thus, the occupying power quickly realized that -- for the time being --
Quisling did not serve their interests and they chose to base their administration
of the country on a certain degree of give-and-take with the existing civilian