The Search for Thor

A clue in the form of sunken wine by Randi Millman-Brown Thor Jensen, 36, moves from Oslo to Hammerfest. He is promoted to bank manager, becomes engaged, and takes a one-month hiking trip through occupied Finnmark in 1941. By the end of the year, he is dead, leaving behind a mystery, a diary, and many questions. This column chronicles his great niece’s attempt to solve that mystery. The search for the cause of my great-uncle’s death and insight into his short life has taken me on a crazy journey these past two years. I’ve gotten snippets of information from multiple archives (both online and in person), personal letters and documents from my own family history collection, as well as interesting information from a variety of people
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Randi Millman-Brown

Randi Millman-Brown is an art historian, photographer, part-time genealogist, and writer living in Ithaca, N.Y. She can be contacted at

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