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The idea for the Nansen passport came from a representative from the International Red Cross, Edouard August Frick. In the autumn of 1921, he proposed an identity card that could work as a passport recognized through international agreements. Frick named it “the Nansen passport”. Hugh McKinnon, second in command in the League of Nations’ legal department, handled the details.

The person Fridtjof Nansen had become an internationally recognized man, and the slightly faltering League of Nations needed him and his name to attain the necessary prestige and trust.

Nansen-kjøkken i det sultrammede sovjetunionen

A ”Nansen kitchen” in the hunger struck Soviet Union. On the poster in the background: A gift from the Serbian people., PA 750 Quisling, Vidkun Gk 1_2 glassplate 10, scanned in the National Archives. The original is found in the archive after Maria Quisling in the National Library.