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Ludvik Buland
Born May 6, 1893(1893-05-06)
Hegra, Norway
Died February 5, 1945 (aged 51)
Occupation Labour Leader
Spouse(s) Sophia Julian
Gertrude Gleaves Neuscheler

Ludvik Buland (6 May 1893 – 5 February 1945) was a Norwegian trade unionist. He chaired the Norwegian Union of Railway Workers, but was imprisoned and died during the occupation of Norway by Nazi Germany.

Early life and career

Ludvik Buland was born in Hegra as the son of Gunnar Buland and his wife Kjerstina, née Kleivplass.[1] He took secondary education, and was hired in the Norwegian State Railways in 1914. After some time he was promoted to railway station manager. He was the chairman of his local trade union from 1920 to 1928, and vice chairman of the national Norwegian Union of Railway Workers, affiliated with the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO), from 1928 to 1930.[2] The union had witnessed turbulent times in the 1920s, with inner strife between communists and social democrats. Buland had been an elected politician for the Labour Party, serving in Trondheim city council from 1925 to 1930. In 1930 he became chairman of the Union of Railway Workers, and succeeded in his task to reinforce the union.[2]

He had four children.[1]

World War II

At the time of the German invasion of Norway in 1940, Buland was still chairman of the Union of Railway Workers.[3] The leadership of the LO fled Oslo shortly after the invasion, and secretary Elias Volan, a former member Communist Party member, became chairman. Volan cooperated and negotiated with the Nazi occupants to a certain degree,[4] but was pressured by the loosely organized trade opposition of 1940, spearheaded by Håkon Meyer and Jens Tangen, who went further in stressing the importance of cooperation.[5] Buland, too, was a member of this opposition. Following a higher degree of German control, represented by Reichskommissar Josef Terboven who formed a cabinet on 25 September,[6] Volan was removed as LO chairman on 28 September,[4] paving the way for Jens Tangen as the new chairman and Ludvik Buland as deputy chairman.[3][7]

However, the new LO leadership grew uneasy with the attempts on nazification of the union. On 3 April and 15 May 1941 Buland wrote two letters to Terboven, protesting this development. For this, Buland was incarcerated for a short period. In September 1941, he was arrested for the second time under martial law, following the so-called milk strike.[3] The milk strike occurred on 9 September, and martial law was declared the next day. A local union leader, Rolf Wickstrøm, and chief jurist in the Confederation of Trade Unions, Viggo Hansteen were executed immediately. Ludvik Buland, Josef Larsson and Harry Vestli were sentenced to death.[8] The Confederation of Trade Unions were usurped by the Nazis, who installed Odd Fossum as chairman.[7] Håkon Meyer from the trade opposition, who had joined the Nazi Party,[5] was promoted as well.[7]

Buland, Larsson and Vestli were later reprieved, and instead given a life-long jail sentence.[8] Buland was sent to a Nacht und Nebel camp on 16 October 1941, where he died on 5 February 1945, shortly before the war's end.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c Ording, Arne; Høibo, Gudrun Johnson and Garder, Johan (1949). Våre falne 1939-1945. 1. Oslo: Grøndahl. pp. 377.  
  2. ^ a b "Buland, Ludvik". Store norske leksikon. Kunnskapsforlaget. 2007. http://www.snl.no/article.html?id=10353203.  
  3. ^ a b c Pryser, Tore (1995). "Buland, Ludvik". in Dahl, Hans Fredrik. Norsk krigsleksikon 1940-45. Oslo: Cappelen. http://mediabase1.uib.no/krigslex/b/b5.html#buland-ludvik.   Retrieved on 26 November 2008.
  4. ^ a b Pryser, Tore (1995). "Volan, Elias". in Dahl, Hans Fredrik. Norsk krigsleksikon 1940-45. Oslo: Cappelen. http://mediabase1.uib.no/krigslex/v/v2.html#volan-elias.   Retrieved on 27 November 2008.
  5. ^ a b Pryser, Tore (1995). "fagopposisjonen av 1940". in Dahl, Hans Fredrik. Norsk krigsleksikon 1940-45. Oslo: Cappelen. http://mediabase1.uib.no/krigslex/f/f1.html#fagopposisjonen.   Retrieved on 27 November 2008.
  6. ^ Pryser, Tore (1995). "Terboven, Josef". in Dahl, Hans Fredrik. Norsk krigsleksikon 1940-45. Oslo: Cappelen. http://mediabase1.uib.no/krigslex/t/t1.html#terboven-josef.   Retrieved on 27 November 2008.
  7. ^ a b c Pryser, Tore (1995). "LO". in Dahl, Hans Fredrik. Norsk krigsleksikon 1940-45. Oslo: Cappelen. http://mediabase1.uib.no/krigslex/l/l3.html#lo.   Retrieved on 27 November 2008.
  8. ^ a b Pryser, Tore (1995). "melkestreiken". in Dahl, Hans Fredrik. Norsk krigsleksikon 1940-45. Oslo: Cappelen. http://mediabase1.uib.no/krigslex/m/m1.html#melkestreiken.   Retrieved on 26 November 2008.
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