Peter Freuchen and his wife Dagmar Cohn

In this 1947 photo, we see arctic explorer Peter Freuchen and his fashion illustrator wife Dagmar Cohn.  Continued below the photo . . .


Freuchen stood 6’7” and participated in several arctic journeys, including a 1,000 mile dogsled trip across Greenland.  He also stared in an Oscar-winning film and wrote more than a dozen books (fiction and nonfiction, including his Famous Book of the Eskimos).  In 1926, he lost a leg to frostbite and amputated his gangrenous toes himself.

During one misadventure, he escaped from a blizzard shelter by cutting his way out of it with a frozen knife fashioned from his own feces.

0733d7d12907adb63482a1b2a013c6b9During World War 2, he was involved in the Danish resistance against Germany and was imprisoned and sentenced to death by the Nazis before he escaped to Sweden.

His first wife was Inuit and his second was a Danish margarine heiress.  He bacame friends with Jean Harlow and Mae West.

And, last but certainly not least, won $64,000 on The $64,000 Question.  He had quite an adventurous life!

Credit: Kottke, Peter Freuchen.


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