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Terror Before Dawn Hardcover – April 25, 2012

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Anne Raghnild Fagerberg was born in Oslo, Norway, and grew up in German-occupied Norway during the Second World War. As a child, she was actively involved in the Norwegian underground during Norway's almost five years of German occupation. She attended the Smestad School and later completed her secondary education at the Nissen Girl's School in Oslo. After the war, she became a world-class skier and sailor. Speaking five languages fluently, she was a world traveler, who, in the late 1950's became an American citizen. She married a member of one of America s oldest families and resided in South Florida. She is buried in Arlington National Cemetery with many of the Americans who saved the world, including her.

William Sterling Williams is an American trial lawyer specializing in plaintiffs personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout the state of Florida. He had his first million dollar case before he was 30 years of age and has had several record verdicts in the state of Florida. Raised in Delray Beach, Florida, he received his undergraduate degrees from the University of Florida and his law degree from Stetson University College of Law, Florida's oldest law school. Aside from being an active trial lawyer, he is on the board of Internet News Agency, and is involved in various businesses and charitable organizations. In 2009, he helped establish the Ethel Sterling Williams History Learning Center in Delray Beach, which promotes the study of and the establishment of viable communities.

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  • Hardcover: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Five Points Press (April 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983683417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983683414
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,465,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David H. Birley VINE VOICE on November 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I was watching TV news recently. I saw moving pictures of civil war in Syria. I saw devastation after super-storm Sandy. I saw people hurt and dismayed. Not much real fear, or terror, lots of dismay.

This book paints with words a more vivid picture than TV has been able to do. It paints the picture of horror and terror through the eyes of a young girl -- only 7 years old at the beginning in 1940. She saw her beloved homeland, Norway invaded by Germany. She saw her friends and neighbors disappear into concentration camps and torture prisons. She saw her father bravely be a leader amond the Norwegian resistance from the beginning until the end of the war in May, 1945.

During this time she witnessed terrible actions of brutal invaders, and amazing beauty and love among her fellow countrymen and women. She saw dearly loved uncle beaten and dragged off to a torture prison, and then returned days later a broken man who soon died of the effects of his mistreatment.

She was a courier, carrying contraband newspapers and leaflets. Almost every morning, or, rather, in the dark just before dawn, she was awoken by bombers flying overhead and spreading their destruction -- often so close by that it damaged the actual home in whaich she was sheltering with her family. She witnessed her developmentally challenged 15 year old sister being defiled by laughing young German soldiers.

And she survived. Later she bacame a world-class skier and sailor, and a world traveler. Moved to the United States and became a citizen in 1950. Over the years the images she saw as a child never left her, and she wrote them down. She was buried in Arlington Cemetry as a true war hero.
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They came to Norway as they had already come to other countries.

They came with arrogance, with hubris, inflicting pain; they came with steel, they came making rivers of blood in homes, on farms, in cities, on the vast oceans of the world.

They brought with them evil.

They were Nazis, the Wehrmacht on the ground; the Luftwaffe in the air; their ships on and under the water.

They built concentration camps; they destroyed lives, things, the very soil itself.

They brought nightmares; they tortured, murdered dreams and what might have beens.

And they came to a little girl standing on a train station in Oslo on April 1940. Waiting to go home after a fun day in the city where the Norwegian flag flew. That little girl, in terror, grasped tightly her mama's hand when the noise of the planes overhead shattered the joy of the day, of so many days and nights to come.

They came from within with a man named Quisling; a name that still means traitor; a man who for temporal power and money betrayed his kith and kin, betrayed democracy, betrayed his entire country. This Quisling and his stormtroopers broke unions, replaced truth in classrooms, sent Jews to their deaths, tortured and executed anyone they could capture who resisted.

And all the while, a little girl watched. She watched as black leather coated Gestapo took people away; watched as homes of her friends were taken over by Nazis; watched as the maid and her friend's mother whored with German soldiers.

But most importantly she watched, and felt at gut level that she and her countrymen knew, without a doubt, that this evil and its minions would be driven from her beloved country and from other countries.
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Anne Raghnild Fagerberg gives readers a first-hand account of what it was like to be a child in Oslo, Norway during the German occupation of WWII. Norway came under German control in April 1940, just weeks before Anne's fifth birthday. As young as she was, she understood, almost from the start, that the German invaders were bad people and she didn't like them. Her story conveys what it was like living in Oslo during the entire German occupation.

Anne lived through many harrowing air raids, most of which she endured in the basement of the family's home, but she was caught out in the streets on a couple of occasions when the air raids began. She tells of the terror of being in the middle of an air raid. She also witnessed the brutal beating of her uncle and the rape of her own mentally-handicapped sister. On one occasion, she snuck out of her house to visit a nearby prisoner of war camp, Grini, which was just outside of Oslo. She wanted to see first-hand what it was like there. She witnessed the brutal treatment of the prisoners by the guards there. Those images stayed vividly in her memories for the rest of her life.

Her Father, Karl Ragnar Fagerberg, was a leader of the Resistance in Norway. He risked his life many times to help in the war effort. He kept a contraband radio and transmitter in their home. The German soldiers searched the house several times, looking for them, but they were never able to locate them. Anne's father was taken in for questioning on numerous occasions by the German soldiers, but he never gave away his secrets.

Even though Anne was a mere child when the invasion began, she wanted to do something to help, like her father. She joined the Resistance and delivered papers and pamphlets denouncing the German occupation.
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