JENS EVENSEN: POWER AND
BIOGRAPHY BY BERIT RUUD RETZER
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STORY ABOUT POWER AND BETRAYAL
Jens Evensen was born in 1917 as son of a poor sausage maker who built up one of Norway’s largest supermarket chain and became a multi-millionaire. The book describes Jens Evensen`s career that begun as a lawyer, police inspector and public prosecutor, involved in the arrest of Vidkun Quisling in 1945. It describes his rise in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, his fight against the Junta dictatorship in Greece, his leading role in the establishment of the international 200 nautical miles economic zones and in the modernization of the international law of the sea, his role as negotiator with the former Soviet Union, his fight for Northern Europe as a nuclear weapons-free zone, and his involvement in a number of espionage cases.
book provides a very intimate insight into Jens Evensen`s lonely life in
The Netherlands as judge at the United Nations International Court of
Justice, after his closest friend and ”un-adopted son” Arne Treholt,
was arrested in 1984 for espionage and later sentenced to 20 years in
Jens Evensen died
on 15 February 2004, 86 years old.
The United States Library of Congress has included the biography in its selection as an important document about Norwegian history, politics and politicians (library control number: 11875315).
August 2004, the Russian translation of the book was published by IMPETO,
Moscow, supported by the NORLA, the Marketing Unit for
Norwegian International Non-Fiction Literature.
and by the Norwegian
Ministry of Fisheries. The book is not yet
available in English.
Berit Ruud Retzer 1999-2009
Last update 17-Jan-09