Telemark Resistance to Nazi Occupation
Dr. John E. Haugo
Thursday, 3:30 pm


The presentation begins with the invasion and occupation of Norway by Germany from April of 1940 to May of 1945 during WWII. The most significant example of Telemark resistance was the “Heavy Water War.” Several times during this period Telemark saboteurs raided the Vemork Hydro-Electric plant in Rjukan, Telemark where heavy water (deuterium) was produced. The Germans planned to use the heavy water to aid in their development of an atomic bomb. Each of the major four sabotage efforts are reviewed in detail. Movies, a TV mini-series, and books about these efforts are described.

Dr. John E. Haugo served on the Telelaget of America Board of Directors for twelve years, serving as president for seven years. A native of Waubun, MN, he has a B.S. from Minnesota State University-Moorhead (MSUM) and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.  Early in his career, he was a high school math teacher and football coach. He has served as CEO of the MN Educational Computing Corporation, Serving Software, Inc., and SearchAmerica Inc. John is currently serving on the Board of Directors of Norway House and on the Board of Trustees for Luther Seminary. He has received Distinguished Alumni Awards from the U of M, from MSUM, and from the MN Athletic Administrators Association.  He is a member of the Dragon Athletic Hall of Fame at MSUM. John and his wife, Sharon, live in Hudson, Wisconsin and Green Valley, AZ. They have three adult children and eight grandchildren.