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Inga
(? - 1943) Norway

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Drag queen, Nazi martyr

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Drag queen posthumously awarded Norway's highest civilian honour, the Order of St. Olav:

"After 1940 he became involved in the Resistance and used his convincing impersonations to slip back and forth across the border with Sweden with information on Nazi shipping movements in the North Sea; a woman aroused less suspicion than a man."

In the autumn of 1943 he was returning from Sweden when he was attacked by a group of drunk Nazi soldiers at the border. After trying to rape him, they discovered he was a man. He was arrested, brutally tortured, and then d executed. A portrait of him, in full drag, hangs today in the Resistance Museum in Oslo"

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Source: Rutledge, L. The New Gay Book of Lists. Alyson, 1996. p. 176

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