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Book launch and two talks on World War II in the north

Thursday 27 October 202219:00 - 21:00

Front page of three books under the title "World War II in the North"

Because of the launch of a three-volume book series about World War II in the north, we’re hosting two talks on the topic, on Thursday 27th at 19.00 at Kulturfabrikken Sortland!

Together, these three volumes make the first collected representation of the war in the north. In each of them, a long list of sides to the war, not previously collectively presented to the public, are described and analyzed.

For the occasion, we’re hosting two interesting talks:
“We lacked everything, I remember we froze a lot” with Åsa Elstad.
“NS in the North of Norway: Who were the members, and why did they sign up?” with Baard H. Borge.

After the talks, the books will be available for purchase in the museum shop.

Tickets can be bought in advance in the museum shop on Tuesday–Saturday, at 11.00–15.00, or in the hour before the talks start.


P.S. The talks and the literature will be in Norwegian.

More about the work:

This three-volume work is the result of new research about WWII in the northernmost parts of Europe, and also makes use of the rich pool of post-war literature. The work is written by 32 authors with specialized knowledge in different fields. Most of the writers are historians, but authors from other fields have also contributed with several chapters.

This is the largest collection of books about war and occupation in Norway released after the work Norge i krig was released in the 1980sEach book has its own editor, and deals with different topics; They are titled “Overfall og okkupasjon” (ed. Fredrik Fagertun), “En annerledes hverdag” (ed. Bjørg Evjen) and “Kampen om frihet” (ed. Stian Bones).

Project management and editing for the work is done by the Institute for Archeology, History, Religious studies and Theology at UiT. The authors are from UiT, Nord universitet, NTNU, Gjenreisningsmuseet and Forsvarets høgskole. Three authors are not related to academia. Main editor and project manager is Fredrik Fagertun. The books are published by Orkana Akademisk.

The book project is financially supported by Trond Mohn, Norges forskningsråd, Forsvarsdepartementet, SpareBank 1 Nord-Norge – Samfunnsløftet, UiT Norges arktiske universitet, Norsk kulturråd and Stiftelsen Fritt Ord.


Thursday 27 October 2022
19:00 - 21:00


Kulturfabrikken Sortland
Strandgate 1
Sortland, 8400 Norge