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FRIDTJOF NANSEN

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by Michael Meyer
The great Norwegian explorer died twenty-five years ago this year. As a young man he startled the world by his attempt to reach the North Pole by ramming his ship into the ice and letting it drift across the Pole. As an old man, after the first world war, he saved the lives of millions of prisoners of war and refugees by his personal efforts where the statesmen of the world had failed.
Michael Meyer speaks of the change in Nansen's personality from the hardness and toughness of his youthful self to the St. Francis-like character of his later years. He assesses the particular combination of qualities that made Nansen unique: an explorer who was also one of the great humanitarians.

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