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Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Fridtjof Nansen

[ Source: The New Encyclopรฆdia Britannica, the year of 2002 ]

Words of Nansen:

"Any union in which the one people is restrained in exercising its freedom is and will remain a danger."

Fridtjof Nansen (1861 - 1930) was and is a super hero of Norway. He was an explorer, a scientist, and a statesman, and made lasting impacts on all fields.

As statesman and humanitarian he was engaged in 1905, when Norway left the union with Sweden, and he was the first Norwegian minister in London, from 1906 until 1908. He was head of the Norwegian commission to the United States during World War I. The Norwegian delegation to the first assembly of the League of Nations in 1920 was headed by Nansen, and he remained to be one of the outstanding members of the assembly until his death.

"On July 5, 1922, on Nansen's initiative, an international agreement was signed in Geneva introducing the identification card for displaced persons known as the 'Nansen passport'."

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My own addition:

The Nansen passport saved many a life. The thing is, as refugee, one has no belonging. No residence, and no citizenship. Nansen was representative for the League of Nations when the passport was released. The League of Nations, though, was no country. The world is not a culture, and in no way may grant security. Nansen, though, was what one might call a "seeker", proven to be. Identity by citizenship to that is another way.

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