Knut Magne Haugland - a real life adventure story
January 7, 2010 7:30 PM Subscribe
Knut Haugland, the last surviving member of the Kon Tiki expedition, and possibly the quietest hero you’ve never heard of, died on Christmas Day.
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His adventures have featured in three films: The Lonely Sea
, a documentary of Thoe Heyerdahl's Kon Tiki expedition; The Heroes of Telemark
, featuring Kirk Douglas; and Omringet!
(Surrounded!), which told the story of his earliest activities for the Resistance, where he transmitted morse code messages to Britain from a secret room hidden in a women’s health clinic. Uncomfortable with the sensationalism
in The Heroes of Telemark
, he instigated a TV series
, The Real Heroes of Telemark
. In 2003, the BBC made a radio documentary
with the surviving Resistance members involved, including Haugland.
His biography, Operatøren, by Svein Sæter was published in 2008, but only in Norwegian.
Thor Heyerdahl's son provides this obituary