- Harald Meltzer grew up in Menstad, Telemark. He was in the Norwegian resistance movement the first years of WWII until he had to flee to Sweden in 1942. Here he worked as a maskinist on a ship in Gothenburg.. He participated in two dramatic, but unsuccessfull attempts to get over to England, the first as a maskinist on "Kvarstad-båtene". He was on one of two boats eventually drifing back to the Swedish coast. On his third try to cross the North Sea, he succeded to fly to London. He was sent to Scotland and joined the Norwegian forces there. He was promoted to Officer, but never got into battle.
When back in Norway the autumn of 1945, but then returned to London, and had a year at London School of Economics. Then, through a huge portion of good luck, he was allowed to study at St. Edmunds Hall (Teddy Hall) in Oxford, studying PPE from January 1947.
Eleanor and Harald got engaged in April 1949 and married 8th July 1950.
The first years after their marriage he worked in the US embassy in Oslo with the Marshall Aid. In 1953, he started his own firm, an agency selling British factory equipment to Norway.
Throughout his life, the army was his largest interest. He voluntaired for manouvres. He contributed greatly to the establishment of "Hjemmefrontmuseet" at Akershus festning, and was gradually promoted until he was a major (major). With one of several mottos being "We must never forget the past" he was the driving force behind the erection of memorial statues of Otto Ruge and the plane crash in Sørkedalen in May 1945 (Amtjernåsen). He also worked to get a statue of Hambro funded.
He was awarded the Order of the British Empire medal for his work promoting business between England and Norway.