Zalachenko’s not real, but Karl Axel Bodin is

Lisbeth’s father, Soviet defector Alexander Zalachenko, comes up with a new name and identity in Sweden, Karl Axel Bodin. Larsson, who knew as much as anyone about the history of Nazi-ism in Sweden, undoubtedly borrowed this name from history: The real Karl Axel Bodin is said to have been a Nazi sympathizer who left Sweden to join the SS in Norway during World War II.

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