Diana Mara Henry made the acquaintance of Arne Brun Lie (February 2, 1925 - April 11, 2010)
Happy to share his recent press and the books, video, and documents he gave us!
And have made the amazing acquaintance of the granddaughter of Johnny Hopper,who pulled Arne out of the wheelbarrow of bodies going to the crematorium at Dachau...
See mention of Lie here in the biography of Johnny Hopper: http://home.clara.net/clinchy/hopp1.htm
"In Dachau other friends connived to get Hopper a job as a medical orderly. One day he was helping unload a cattle car crammed with 80 people who had been en route for several days. It took him half an hour to find a live one. On a wheelbarrow being trundled past him he saw a heap of stinking rags with a pair of blue eyes faintly blinking out of them, and he recognized them as belonging to a Norwegian boy, Arne Brun Lie, whom he had met and befriended some months before in Natzweiler.
Lie had joined a resistance organization in Oslo and had promptly been arrested and deported. He was 19 years old at the time. Decades later he came to visit Hopper in England and recalled, "I was half dead when you found me." "Ninety-five percent," corrected Hopper. He plucked Lie out of the wheelbarrow, washed him, fed him, joked to him, nursed him back to health, and several times arranged to scratch his name off a list of prisoners marked for infection with tropical diseases in an experimental medical program. It would take Lie almost 50 years to be able to write about his experiences, in a moving book appropriately called Night and Fog. Hopper is the only unalloyed hero in it. It was, says Lie, his "cheeky, desperate, insane fighting spirit that saved us." No one but Hopper, he says, would have dared to taunt concentration camp guards, putting his hands around his own neck and to show what would happen to them after the war. "
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A Teenager Survives the KLNa:
Arnie Brun Lie, a Norwegian NN at the Natzweiler-Struthof concentration camp
(See below for his book and video in English)
Arne Brun Lie’s Night and Fog, (Norton 1990) constitute the memoirs of a Norwegian teenager who at 19, in 1944, after a few weeks of dabbling in the resistance, was arrested as an NN, avoided execution for reasons he never discovered, and spent the last year of the war in Natzweiler, Dautmergen, and Dachau. His memoir adds the remembered voice of a disrespectful but already wise adolescent to the two dozen other memoirs of the KLNa, by other Nacht Und Nebel prisoners committed to the destruction of the Third Reich, for the enduring honor of mankind.
Lie's candid teenage memories resurface during a transatlantic sailing adventure which forms the other half of the story. Both narratives blend surprisingly well into a gripping read, even for sailing novices. Very highly recommended to fill in some of the story of
The letter at bottom of the book cover and on its dust jacket flaps was sent from Dachau before the authorities there realized Arne was an "NN" prisoner. It was the only communication he sent during the year he was a prisoner of the Nazis.
The postcard is addressed to:
Mr. Joh[anne]s E. Lie
Rieber & Co Box 175
13 November 1944
I am now in Dachau and all is good with me. I think of course often about you and I hope and believe that everything with you folks is also in order. I am now in a position to receive postcards from everybody. Money you can also send to me. In any case your must read the instructions on the writing exactly and when you write to me the letters must be in German. In the same way you must greet all my friends and in particular a greeting to my Aunt Borghild. Please also send my address and my greetings to Pastor Arne Bag in the Norwegian Sailors’ Mission in Lamburg. Greetings from Arne.
The printed instructions on the postcard, from the KL (Konzentrationslager / Concentration Camp):
Concentration camp Dachau 3K
The following instructions have to be obeyed by all correspondents with prisoners. Every concentration camp prisoner may receive from his relatives and send to them 2 letters or 2 postcards. The letters to the prisoners must be easily legible and written in ink and may contain only 15 lines per page. Permitted is a letter page of normal size. Envelopes must be without a lining. And in any one letter, not more than 5 stamps of 12 pennies each must be enclosed. Everything else is prohibited and subject to confiscation. A postcard can have 10 lives. Photographs may not be used as postcards. 2) Money may be sent in the form of money orders. However, only if there are exact name and first name, date of birth and prisoner numbers are shown. 3) Newspapers are permitted but only if they are ordered through the post office of the Dachau 3K concentration camp.4) Packages may be sent through the Post Office in limited amounts. 5) Requests to be released from security [Schutzhaft/imprisonment] addressed to the camp administration are useless. 6) Speaker permission and visits by prisoners in the concentration camp are basically not permitted. 7) All mail which does not conform to the above instructions will be destroyed. Signed, the Kommandant of the camp.
Soon to be republished!