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Gustaf V

Given NameOscar
Born16 Jun 1858
Died29 Oct 1950


ww2dbaseGustaf V (Oscar Gustaf Adolf) was born in Drottningholm Palace to King Oscar II of Sweden and Norway. He was crowned the King of Sweden on 8 Dec 1907; the Norwegian throne had been separated from the dual monarchy in 1905. A German sympathizer during WW1, he continued to show friendship with Germany during the inter-war years, including after the rise of the Nazi Party. Under King Gustaf V's direction, Sweden supplied Germany with iron and steel in the beginning of the war and mobilized her own military; however, she remained neutral through the entire war. Toward the end of the war, Sweden was known to be a safe haven for Jews fleeing from German occupied Europe; Gustaf V was credited with sheltering over 200,000 Jews from German prosecution. He died in Drottningholm Palace in 1950.

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16 Jun 1858 Gustaf V was born.
29 Oct 1950 Gustaf V passed away.


Portrait of Crown Prince Gustaf, 1893Prince William, King Gustaf V of Sweden, and Crown Prince Gustaf observing the Games of the V Olympiad, May-Jul 1912King Haakon VII of Norway, King Gustaf V of Sweden, and Christian X of Denmark, Malmö, Sweden, Dec 1914King Gustaf V of Sweden, 1926
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1. Stellan Bojerud says:
12 Apr 2007 11:22:21 PM

King Gustaf V had old fashion sympaties for Germany because his wife Queen Victoria was german. He however dissliked the nazis. During WW 2 he was an old man and therefore Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf (later King Gustaf VI Adolf), who was married to Louise Mountbatten, ex- Princess Battenberg, played a vital role in Swedish politics and he was the leader of the pro-British group within the royal family.

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