Helge Krog

Born9 Feb. 1898 (dead 30 Jul. 1962)
FunctionsAuthor, Translator, Critic, Dramatist/Playwright

About Helge Krog

Helge Krog (born February 9 1889 in Kristiania - the former name of Oslo, dead July 31 1962 in Oslo) was a Norwegian writer and translator.

Helge Krog was educated as an economist, a profession he never practiced within. From 1911 he worked as a theatre and literature critic for the newspaper Verdens Gang. Later he also worked for Dagbladet and Arbeiderbladet. During this time he got in touch with Gunnar Heiberg and Olaf Bull, who influenced him much. He made his debut as a playwright in 1919.

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    Artworks by Helge Krog

    • Kom inn (6 Dec. 1945, Script, One-act Play) - Author
    • Levande og døde (6 Dec. 1945, Script, One-act Play) - Author
    • Oppbrudd (3 Sep. 1936, Script, Drama) - Author
    • Break-Up (1 Jan. 1936, Script, Drama) - Author
    • Triad (28 Sep. 1933, Script) - Author

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    As a playwright Helge Krog was known to reprimand society, in the tradition following Heiberg and Henrik Ibsen. Even though Krog was a declared socialist, the working class had no part in his plays, as opposed to writers such as Oskar Braaten and Rudolf Nilsen. The aspect of liberation was more often about individual liberation, often within bourgeoisie surroundings.

    Sometime around 1924 Krog got in touch with the Mot Dag circle, and even though he never became a member of the organisation, he is often counted among its foremost cultural personalities, and Arnulf Øverland and Sigurd Hoel he was labelled as part of the red troika. As opposed to these Krog maintained his radical involvement to his death. During the 1930es, after the end of Mot Dag and its integration into the Norwegian Labour Party, Krog became part of the small community surrounding the journal Oktober. Inspired by the talking statues of Rome he wrote diabolical epistles in Dagbladet, using the pseudonym Pasquino.

    Krog spent large parts of World War II in exile in Sweden. There his work included publishing the newspaper Håndslag, a publication produced in Sweden from 1942, smuggled across the border and spread illegally in occupied Norway.

    In 1944 he anonymously published the leaflet 6-te kolonne, a publication which after the war, when the writer became known, raised debate and gave birth to in part angry criticism of Krog. In the text Krog attacked the leadership of the resistance movement, who according to him were active in double play in which they attacked the Norwegian Quislings while making money on trading with German war industry themselves. Among other things, he underlined that Milorg did not do industrial sabotage. When the text was republished in 1946, with the name of the author, he also included criticism of the trials after the war, and expressed the view that industrial lords and war profiteers - the sixth column - got away from it too easily.

    After the war Krog made his mark as an early critic of Norwegian membership in NATO, and from the start he was among the writers for the newspaper Orientering. He also contributed to other magazines and journals, including Aktuell and Fossegrimen. The latter published a special issue on Krog in 1964, on what would have been his 75thbirthday.


    Wikipedia, no.wikipedia.org, 04.01.2012, http://no.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helge_Krog

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