Finn Thrana

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Finn Thrana (8 March 1915 – 21 January 2006) was a Norwegian lawyer and civil servant for Nasjonal Samling.

He was a member of Vidkun Quisling's nationalist party Nasjonal Samling from 1934.[1] In 1940, after the occupation of Norway by Germany had started, Nasjonal Samling became the only legal party in Norway. In 1941 he was hired as assistant secretary in the Secretariat of the Government, and in 1942 he was promoted to secretary of the government. In this position, he had responsibility for the government's protocols, public announcements and job appointments.[2] He also had responsibility for the office that reviewed pleas in criminal cases.[1] The German occupation ended on 8 May 1945, and Thrana lost his position.

In the post-war Norway, Thrana was sentenced to 15 years of penal labour. He was released on 1 August 1950.[3] After the war he helped Vidkun Quisling, who was sentenced to death, write his will. He was also Maria Quisling's trustee after her death.[4] In 1951 he was hired in the Norwegian Tax Administration, and in 1955 he opened his own lawyer's office which he operated until retiring at the age of 80. From 1966 he had access to work with Supreme Court cases, and worked in this field until his retirement.

He was interviewed by both historians and the mass media on a number of occasions. In 2001 he released the book Vi ville et land som var frelst og fritt. Med Nasjonal samling under okkupasjonen 1940–45. In late 2005 Thrana submitted parts of the Quisling archives to the National Archival Services of Norway.[4] He died in January 2006.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Storlid, Per O. (7 February 2006). "Finn Thrana (obituary)" (in Norwegian). Aftenposten. 
  2. Dahl, Hans Fredrik Dahl (1995). "Thrana, Finn". in Dahl, Hans Fredrik (in Norwegian). Norsk krigsleksikon 1940-45. Oslo: Cappelen. Retrieved 5 April 2010. 
  3. (1999) Tett på Quisling (in Norwegian). Oslo: Sofista, 39. ISBN 8279100016. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Hjort-Sørensen, Ørnulf (28 October 2005). "– Nå har jeg ikke mer" (in Norwegian). Telemarksavisa. Retrieved 5 April 2010. 
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