Adam Hjalmar Egede-Nissen

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Egede-Nissen, Adam Hjalmar


Born June 29,1868, near Christiania (now Oslo); died there Apr. 4, 1953. Figure in the Norwegian working-class and communist movement. Nephew of O. Egede-Nissen, a follower of Garibaldi.

A postal worker by profession, A. H. Egede-Nissen was a member of the Storting from 1900 to 1912 and again from 1922 to 1924. In the early 1900’s, he helped the Russian Social Democrats print revolutionary literature in Vardö and deliver it to Russia. In January 1918 he visited Soviet Russia and met with V. I. Lenin. Egede-Nissen was a member of the Norwegian Labor Party from 1906 to 1923, when he joined the Communist Party of Norway (CPN). In 1935 he was a delegate to the Seventh Congress of the Comintern, and from 1933 to 1935 he served as chairman of the Society of Friends of the Soviet Union. Egede-Nissen was chairman of the CPN from 1934 to 1940 and in 1945 and 1946. In 1946 he was named an honored member of the CPN.

Egede-Nissen was the author of the memoirs With Lenin Twenty Years Ago (1937) and Life in the Struggle (1945).

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