"His feet froze solid. An avalanche buried him up to his neck. He wandered in a snowstorm for 3 days. He was entombed alive in snow for another 4 day and abandoned under open skies for 5 more. In one of the wildest, most unfathomable survival stories of World War II, a 25-year-old Norwegian commando named Jan Baalsrud escaped the Nazis and spent 9 weeks running, staggering, hobbling, skiing and sledding through occupied Norway's frozen fjords. The target of a nationwide manhunt ultimately became a Norwegian #folkhero. Although the war and the occupation aren't prominent parts of Norway's national identity the way they once were, up in the fjords, there are still signposts marked with a red letter B that are left unexplained to hikers. In this weekend's issue of @nytmag, the writer Robert Kolker and photographer @jon_tonks retrace Jan's steps, all the way to Sweden. @jon_tonks took this photo of the fjord near Furuflaten, one stop on Jan Baalsrud's long journey. Visit the link in our profile to see more." By nytimes on Instagram.
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