Sigrid Undset is a goddess among women..........Ive been to her house/museum in norway.
When Germany invaded Norway in April 1940, she was forced to flee. She had strongly opposed Hitler and Nazism since the early 1930s, and from an early date her books were banned in Germany. She had no wish to be taken hostage by the Germans, and fled to Sweden. Her elder son, Anders, was killed in action at the age of 27, in April 1940, only a few kilometers from their home at Bjerkebæk. He was an officer in the Norwegian army and was killed in an encounter with German troops. Her sick daughter had died shortly before the outbreak of the War. Bjerkebæk was occupied by the German Army, and used as officers' quarters during the War.
In 1940, Sigrid Undset and her younger son left neutral Sweden for the United States. There, she untiringly pleaded her occupied country's cause, in writing and speeches. She returned to Norway after the liberation in 1945, worn out. She lived for another four years, but she never wrote another word.
Sigrid donated her Nobel Prize Medals won in 1928 to be sold...not to mention the 42,0000 dollar cash prize (42k in 1928 dollars) that went with the nobel also donated for childrens charities...since then the foundation that bears her name has re-purchased these medals and the awards can be seen at her home which is now part of a museum complex.
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