Attentatet i Pålsjö skog

"Attentatet i Pålsjö skog" is a 1996 alternate history novel by Hans Alfredson. In the book a group of Swedish communists blow up a German train passing through Sweden, killing Eva Braun who was on board. Hitler is infuriated and invades Sweden, which surrenders on May 12 1941.

The novel uses many real-life characters. Prime Minister Per Albin Hansson is captured by the Germans, but others manage to escape and form an exile government in London. King Gustav V is also captured but abdicates making prince Gustaf VI Adolf, who was already safely in London, king. Raoul Wallenberg smuggles Jews out of Sweden. More controversially, the book also mentions who collaborates with the Germans. Author Per Olof Sundman and IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad lead local SS groups. Fredrik Böök, Sven Hedin, Åke Ohlmarks and many others support the new rulers. Sven Olov Lindholm becomes a Quisling-like leader of the occupied Sweden.

Due to the invasion of Sweden, operation Barbarossa gets delayed by three weeks giving Stalin time to organise a better defence bringing the German downfall sooner. The invasion at Normandy occurs in the spring of 1944. Hitler kills himself in December 1944, and World War II ends on December 28. By then, Sweden has been liberated from the north down as far as Östersund by the British, the Russians and a British-organized exile troop called "The Royal Swedish".

In the epilogue it is said that "more than four million Jews were killed". After the war, history returns largely to normal.


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