"Another Man's Shoes" is a gripping first-hand account of a Norwegian scientist's escape from German custody during the Second World War after his arrest for spying. Written just after the war, Sven Somme vividly describes his 200-mile trek across the mountains, pursued by German soldiers, in a bid to reach Sweden and freedom in 1944. Sixty years later, his daughter Ellie set out on foot with her sister to retrace their father's flight from Nazi-occupied Norway, meeting some of the people who helped him along the way. She recounts the emotional moment when a pair of her father's shoes, exchanged for mountain boots, were returned to her by one family who sheltered him along the way and pays special tribute to her uncle Iacob who was also arrested and later executed.
Sven Somme was born in Norway. A marine biologist, he was appointed Director of the Fishery School at Gossen, near Molde, in Western Norway in 1940, shortly after the German occupation began. Secretly working for the Norwegian resistance movement, he was arrested after photographing a German military installation in 1944 but managed to escape while being taken for interrogation, trekking 200 miles over the mountains to freedom in Sweden. After the war, Sven settled with his family in England where he died in 1962
Introduction by Ellie Somme Sven's Story Chapter 1 This Quiet Countryside Chapter 2 Things Begin To Happen Chapter 3 The Victorious Wehrmacht Chapter 4 The Germans Take Over Chapter 5 We Start Afresh Chapter 6 An Illegal Newspaper Chapter 7 A Friend Pays A Visit Chapter 8 Secret Work Chapter 9 Thin Ice Chapter 10 The Crack Chapter 11 Events Unfold Chapter 12 Under Arrest Chapter 13 The Escape Chapter 14 Across The Mountains Chapter 15 More Mountains Chapter 16 Respite Chapter 17 Onwards To Sweden Epilogue Iacob's Story