Sons of Norway Kong Sverre Lodge held its October Event in Story City with the program, “World War ll Heavy Water Plant Sabotage in Norway,” presented by Arnhild Hillesland from Ames, who is a native of Norway and received her Ph.D. in Norwegian language and literature at the University of Tromsø.


Arnhild spoke about Norway’s contribution to World War II, which was beyond heroic. The Norwegian heavy water sabotage was a series of operations undertaken by Norwegian saboteurs during World War II to prevent the German nuclear weapon project from acquiring heavy water (deuterium oxide), which could have been used by the Germans to produce nuclear weapons. During WW II, the Allies decided to remove the heavy water supply and destroy the heavy water plant in order to inhibit the German development of nuclear weapons. Raids were aimed at the 60 MW Vemork power station at the Rjukan waterfall in Telemark, Norway.


Sons of Norway Events are open to all interested in learning more about Scandinavian heritage and culture and guests are always welcome.