Josef Martinsen (1940)
Born in Stavanger has education from the Army in Norway. After a career as major With services both in Norway and abroad during Seventeen years he left the Army and took a position as operational manager at Emil Moestue AS, Oslo, Norway for six years. Was then hired in by different private bank businesses as an independent consultant over a 2-3 years period.
From 1989 he hold a position as Assistant Head of Division at the Central Bank of Norway for nine years and subsequently earned an early Retirement scheme the following ten years.
In July 1999 he was engaged by Norwegian Church Aid to coordinate an emergency program in Kosovo concerning removal of dead bodies from wells all over Kosovo.
From 2001 he started on a personal initiative to document the war crimes result on the civilian population in Kosovo. In 2005 he published his first book “Kosovo: The wells of Death”, In 2006 started Research concerning the report from Chief Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte, at ITCY in Hague, to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, about 400 registered mass graves and thousands of dead civilians in Kosovo. Four years later, in 2010, he published, ” What happened in Kosovo – 1998-99 – A Documentation”. In 2011 he presented the documentary film “The Process after a War” about war crimes in Kosovo.
From 2012 he has been working on a plan for Public presentation of The Trilogy about Kosovo 1998-99 both in Serbia and Kosovo. Martinsen is currently living in Belgrade.