Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Thursday, March 13, 2003

A Norwegian commando who was a member of the Operation Gunnerside, which destroyed the Nazi's heavy water plant, died last week.

Claus Helberg, a Norwegian resistance fighter and member of a commando team that destroyed Germany's atomic weapons program in a daring World War II raid, has died. He was 84.

Helberg died March 6 of a heart attack.

Lewis Mantus, a British writer who helped publicize the 60th anniversary of the raid, held Feb. 28, said Helberg, along with the other eight, "probably saved the world and we should be thankful for what they did."

Born near Rjukan, 90 miles west of Oslo, Helberg was an avid outdoorsman and guide, leading citizens and Scandinavian royal families through the country's mountain trails.

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