OSLO, Norway -- Trygve Bratteli, a labor leader who was saved from a heap of corpses at a Nazi concentration camp and went on to become prime minister of Norway, died of a brain hemorrhage Tuesday at a hospital. He was 74.
Officials said Bratteli died at the national hospital after a lengthy illness.
Bratteli, who began his working life as a coal miner in arctic Norway and was later saved from a Nazi concentration camp, rose to lead a Labor government from March 1971 to September 1972, when he resigned after failing to bring Norway into the European Common Market.
In a referendum on the issue in September 1972, Bratteli staked the life of his government on the acceptance of this proposal by the electorate but his Social Democratic followers refused to accept his stance.
Bratteli was returned to power after general elections in September 1973 and served as prime minister of the Labor government untilOctober 1976 when he handed over the premiership to fellow laborite Oddvar Nordli.
The death of Bratteli has removed one of Norway's best known figures of World War II, when he played a central role in the Norwegian resistance movement after the German attack and occupation of Norway in April 1940.
Shortly afterward he was arrested by German authorities and interned at the Auschwitz concentration camp.
He was later transferred to the Neungamme camp, where his emaciated body was pulled out from under a pile of corpses by Allied forces who opened the camp.
Bratteli's memoirs of his experiences in Nazi concentration camps came in 1981 and became a bestseller in Norway.
Bratteli leaves a wife and a daughter.