Winter alone in Greenland

Here’s a photo from the January 14 1926 edition of the Toronto Daily Star of an Arctic explorer who was going to spend the winter in Greenland:

Peter Freuchen (1886-1957) was a Danish explorer who first travelled to Greenland in 1906. He continued his explorations there between 1910 and 1924. His Wikipedia page does not mention his winter alone in Greenland, but it does state that he lost a leg to frostbite in 1926.

His first wife was an Inuit woman, Navarana Mequpaluk; the couple married in 1911. She passed away in the Spanish Flu epidemic. Their grandson, Peter Ittinuar, was the first Inuit to be elected as a Canadian Member of Parliament, serving from 1979 to 1984.

Freuchen later became a magazine editor and a consultant and scriptwriter on Arctic-related films. During the Second World War, he was involved with the Danish resistance movement; he was captured by the Germans and sentenced to death but escaped and fled to Sweden. He eventually moved to the United States; in 1956, he won $64,000 on the game show The $64,000 Question on the subject “The Seven Seas”.

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