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Lecture: Nazi-occupied Norway, Forgotten Groups and the Hidden Legacies of World War II
Tuesday, December 4, 2007 - 6:00pm
In the dark days of World War II, the Nazi-occupied countries of Europe and Scandinavia were forced to make the difficult choice between collaboration with the enemy and active resistance. Some 62 years after the end of the war, the official war histories of the countries involved show a distorted national collective memory resulting in many forgotten groups and unresolved hidden legacies of the war.

In this free lecture entitled: "Geographic Memory of WWII in Norway: Sites Forgotten Groups and Memory" sponsored by the Friends of History, researcher John Swann will examine the collective memory of Norway, and the ramifications of that country's decision to cooperate with Hitler's Occupation Army. This program is based upon the case studies Swann has made of how the memory of the German occupation of Norway has recently diverged between the war generation, the current generation of Norwegians and national historians. Swann is a graduate student studying history and geography at PSU and he has a B.A. in Geography from the University of Texas at Austin.

Counter-memory movements are questioning the stories behind the war memorials constructed during and after the end of WWII, the accepted narrative of German occupation and Norwegian resistance, and the deliberate exclusion of a number of affected groups including nearly 800 Norwegian Jews deported from Oslo to Nazi concentration camps in November 1942 and February 1943, communist partisans, Soviet POWs and the Tyskerbarn (children of native citizens and enemy soldiers).

Swann has personally traveled to Norway to visit these sites, research the archives and to personally talk to survivors of the war; basing his talk on the field of memory studies and illustrating how these forgotten groups are "entering the memory debate and generating a crisis of collective memory."

The Friends of History is a non-profit support group of the History Department at Portland State University. Every school year we present and co-sponsor lectures, symposia, workshops and panel discussions for PSU students, alumni and the general public, including the annual Endowed Lecture in History which will feature Professor Ervand Abrahamian from SUNY on Thursday, April 17, 2008. All FOH programming is free and open to the public.

When: Tuesday, December 4th, 2007
Where: Smith Memorial Student Union, room 296
Time: 6:00 pm
Cost: Free and open to the public

For more information about this event, call 503-725-3917.