Sunday came the news that Joachim Rønneberg is dead, 99 years old. He is best known for carrying out the heavy water action in Vemork in February 1943. Many believe that this is one of the most important sabotage reactions that were carried out during the Second World War.
Several have responded with sorrow and wish to honor the military hero.
"Rønneberg is perhaps the last of the really big opponents who have left now, he is a beautiful symbol of the work that was being done and at one point he also helped to prevent the Germans from developing an atomic bomb," said Solberg. against NTB.
She says it is sad that Rønneberg is dead, but adds that he has lived a long and rich life.
"After the war, Rønneberg also contributed a lot of knowledge about the war, and his stories afterwards are also very respectful: he is one of the great heroes, says the prime minister.
– We are poor without it
With Joachim Rønneberg we have lost one of the last witnesses of the war. That says Eva Vinje Aurdal, who is mayor of the birthplace Rønneberg, Ålesund.
She believes in respect for the efforts of Rønneberg, during and after the war.
"I feel we are poor without Joachim Rønneberg with us, but at the same time I think his clear and clear voice was that we should never forget the war, he will live on, says Aurdal.
– One of the most important opponents
Journalist and author Gunnar Myklebust has the book & # 39; Tungtvannsabotøren & # 39; written. Joachim H. Rønneberg-Linge cart and mountain man ». He believes that Rønneberg will be remembered as one of the main opponents during World War II.
"It may be in the first place because he led the heavy water campaign at Vemork, but he also had a long time as a secret agent in the mountains of Western Norway at the end of the war," he said.
Although many have described Rønneberg as a war hero over the years, he has never seen anything of it. Myklebust describes Rønneberg as a person who was the message for himself, but who was a very prominent leader in the resistance work.
"He knew his own greatness, but he did not want to make himself a war hero. He believed that those who gave their lives to the land were the great heroes during the war.