He was one of a group of young Norwegian resistance fighters imprisoned during the Nazi occupation. Many of his friends never lived to see the end of the war, but Leif Hovelsen survived to write this remarkable book.
The story of his captivity, how he regained his faith and was able to face his interrogators without fear, and how desire for revenge was replaced by a passion to bring an answer, is told in graphic, human detail. After the liberation, at the sacrifice of study and career, he decided to go to Germany and was there for eight critical years, when Communism was bidding to fill the vacuum in the defeated German nation. His book takes the reader behind the scenes in a turning of the tide in the ideological war which still continues today.
A Norwegian reviewer wrote: ‘This is a book with a message for every thinking person. It is frankly thrilling reading and is perhaps the most positive book of the year. It takes the reader right into the heart of the “fight for men”. When you read it once, you want to read it all over again.’
From Grini (the dreaded concentration camp near Oslo) to the Ruhr, the story vividly depicts a post-war generation no longer looking backwards in frustration and anger, but looking forwards in faith. It is the story of a new factor at work in people and international relations, a factor as potent as the atom bomb. Out of the Evil Night is relevant and exciting reading.