Herbert Ernst Karl Frahm was born at Lübeck, Germany, in 1913. He wanted to become a journalist; but instead he worked for a ship owning company and became politically active: as a member of the Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (SPD) and later of the Sozialistische Arbeiterpartei Deutschlands (SAPD). When Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933, Herbert Frahm had to emigrate to Oslo, Norway. There he continued his political work in exile, studied history and worked as a journalist. And he changed his name to Willy Brandt, a name that later became very well known in Germany and the world.

At Oslo, Willy Brandt was living at the address Hollendergata 4, close to the Sentralstasjon. The building is still standing today and a memorial plaque remembers its former resident. When in 1940 Nazi Germany occupied Norway, Willy Brandt was arrested. But he was by that time wearing a Norwegian uniform and was therefore set free rather fast; after this he fled to Sweden. As we all know he later became mayor of Berlin and chancellor of Germany. After he died in 1992 he was buried at the Waldfriedhof Zehlendorf in Berlin.

Hollendergata 4

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