Norway recognizes its Holocaust role

The gloomy, foggy weather in Oslo on Friday was perhaps a fitting backdrop as Norwegian officials and mourners prepared to gather once again on International Holocaust Day. As consciousness of Norway’s direct involvement in the Holocaust continues to rise, the location for Friday’s memorial was the same as in recent years: the waterfront just below the […]

No new medals for World War heroes

The Norwegian government was catching flak this week for once again refusing to award medals to many World War II veterans, especially resistance forces that were attached to the communist movement at the time. Defense Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide could choose from more than 1,200 candidates submitted by experts and the public, but opted against giving any of them the country’s […]

World War II land mines found on West Coast beach

Police have cordoned off a beach at Jæren, Rogaland County, after a man out walking found 21 old land mines stemming from World War II. The mines were spread over an area estimated to be around 300 square meters in size. Johan Ølberg, who often strolls along Sele Beach neary Hellestø in Jæren, spotted some of […]

Police send Dachau gate back to Germany

Police in Bergen said they planned to send the heavy iron gate that was stolen three years ago from the concentration camp Dachau back to authorities in Germany “as soon as possible.” They found the gate in their area just before the weekend, after responding to a tip. The recovery of the gate, emblazoned with the words Arbeit macht frei (Work […]

Royal infatuation sealed US support

“Intimate” and “private” is how author and royal researcher Tor Bomann-Larsen has described the “close relationship” between Norway’s Crown Princess Martha and US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt during World War II, when she lived in exile in the Washington DC area. One thing is clear: It sealed relations between Norway and the US, and helped boost Norway’s standing […]

Norway loses another war hero

Tributes have been published in Norwegian media all week, since news broke that one of Norway’s last surviving war heroes had died at the age of 99. Wilhelm Mohr will be honoured with a state funeral on Friday. Prime Minister Erna Solberg called Mohr “one of Norway’s greatest war heroes,” and claimed that few did as […]

King’s ‘no’ to Nazis hits the silver screen

The latest in a wave of films about epic events in Norway’s history was getting a royal reception this week. Kongens nei, which is about King Haakon VII’s refusal to surrender to Nazi German invaders in April 1940, has also won rave reviews and been nominated as among Norway’s candidates for an Oscar. The film’s […]

NRK opens archive of Nazi propaganda

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) has been converting its earliest programs to digital format in recent years, in order to make their old newsreels available online. The newsreels include Nazi propaganda created between 1941 and 1945, when Norway was under German occupation. Called Filmavisen, the weekly newsreels would be shown before films at Norwegian cinemas. During the war […]

German warship wreckage protected

The wreckage of the armoured German troop ship Blücher has been lying at the bottom of the Oslo Fjord for 76 years, since it was torpedoed and sunk on the day Nazi Germany invaded Norway in April 1940. Now its wreckage, an attractive destination for divers, has been put under state protection orders, to hinder […]

Norwegians recall the 7th of June

Norway has won, lost and re-won its sovereignty on the 7th of June in 1905, 1940 and 1945. Flags flew again on Sunday as the country celebrated the return of its first modern king, Haakon VII, after World War II, while in Oslo, King Haakon’s son Olav was especially remembered with the unveiling of a long-awaited statue. Norwegians remain endlessly […]