I feel a bit guilty for watching this, because it’s caused quite a bit of upset in Norway over its historical inaccuracies. I refuse point blank to watch The Crown, so I probably shouldn’t be watching this. But it’s entertaining, and there’s not a lot else on on a Saturday night #excuses. And I’m enjoying it.
When the Nazis invaded Norway, Crown Princess Martha, niece of the Swedish king, and her three young children, including the future King Harald, were evacuated to Sweden. However, their presence there was seen as threatening Sweden’s neutrality. The programme strongly suggests that King Gustav had Nazi sympathies, something which is a moot point. As the situation worsened, King Haakon, widower of King George VI’s aunt Maud, and Crown Prince Olav, together with the Norwegian cabinet, were evacuated to London, but by then it was too late for British forces to be able to evacuate Martha and the children safely. President Roosevelt, who’d met Olav and Martha on a state visit just before the war, sent a ship to evacuate them to the US via Finland.
The series strongly suggests that there was some sort of romantic friendship between Martha and FDR, which almost certainly wasn’t true and is what’s upset people in Norway. So far – I haven’t seen the whole series yet – the suggestion is that he was infatuated with her, not that she reciprocated his feelings and certainly not that there was any impropriety. But it does suggest a very close personal relationship. It also suggests that Martha held far more sway over him than she really did – to watch it, you’d think that she’d been personally responsible for the entire Lend-Lease Agreement!
So, historically accurate it is not, strictly speaking but it draws attention to the sometimes neglected struggle of occupied Norway, and it makes for good TV. I still feel a bit guilty about watching it, though!
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It was pretty good. It’s tv–it wasn’t perfect. Martha was a ‘favorite” of FDR’s for a while–that is on the record. There were things I’d change, but I enjoyed the show.