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Subject: Re: Old Irish diary on toilet paper
From: Liz Gabay <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scholars and students of Old Irish <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 18 Mar 2012 07:03:00 +0000
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Hi Dennis,
     I saw a famous prison diary on display in the Norgeshjemmefrontmuseum in 
Oslo, which was written with a pin on toilet paper.  But it was written in 
Norwegian by Petter Moen and was published after the war.   Maybe that is 
the source of your story, or maybe Marstrander made one too.  Liz 


 Dennis King wrote:

>Apocryphal (?) anecdote from Ainm.ie :
>
>> Scríobh D.A. Binchy: ‘A fervent Norwegian patriot, he played an  
>> active part in the resistance to the invaders during the Nazi  
>> occupation of his country; at one time he was arrested by the  
>> Gestapo and narrowly escaped execution’. Cuireann Seán Ó Lúing an t- 
>> eolas breise seo ar fáil: ‘He was interned in a concentration camp  
>> at Grini near Oslo. While there he managed to smuggle to his son Kai  
>> a diary written on toilet paper in Old Irish. ... Shortly afterwards  
>> Kai, who was in the resistance movement himself, was arrested and  
>> the diary discovered. It was sent for decoding to language experts  
>> in Berlin who, baffled, returned it to the Gestapo in Norway saying  
>> that the only person capable of translating this was Professor  
>> Marstrander of Oslo!’.
>
>  http://www.ainm.ie/Bio.aspx?ID=460
>
>Más fíor don scéilín seo, cá bhfuil an cín lae sin anois, nó céard a  
>tharla dó?
>
>Dennis

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