The Voyages Issue: The Fugitive

Baalsrud settled on a method for minimizing the risks he presented to every new person he met: Never tell anyone who else he saw along the way and never confirm where he would be going next. He headed south, knocking on doors when he was out of strength or in danger of freezing to death, never knowing if the people on the other side of the door would turn him in. None of them did, as Haug and Karlsen Scott recount in their book, and many did more than just offer shelter. There was the midwife who offered to hide him upstairs, disguising him as a woman in labor. (He did not accept the offer.) There was the man who warded off a neighbor known to be on the German payroll who came by while Baalsrud was inside. There was a young girl who was the first to get a close look at…

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