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Scorched earth 70th anniversary is marked with exhibitions and talks in Norway’s north

A series of exhibitions and talks are talking place in northern Norway this week in the run-up to the 70th anniversary of the scorched earth destruction of Finnmark. And many of the people whose stories are told in my book … Continue reading

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Oslo’s solid stone reveals what Finnmark lost in the scorched earth flames: its history

I have reached the Norwegian capital, Oslo, which signifies the end of my research trip gathering interviews about the destruction and devastation caused by the scorched earth withdrawal of the German Army from northern Norway in 1944. From October 1944 … Continue reading

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Once a burnt town, now Hammerfest’s a boom town

I guess it was the story of Hammerfest being burned to the ground that sparked my initial interest in writing ‘Scorched Earth Stories’, my book about the destruction of the north of Norway by the retreating German Army in 1944. … Continue reading

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‘It was absolutely normal for me to grow up playing with ammunition.’

I’ve come to realise things are a little different in Kirkenes. The older population was driven half-crazy by the bombing and the fear and stress of war, and then the younger generation had their own war: against the other kids. … Continue reading

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In praise of the mothers of Kirkenes

In the centre of the town square in Kirkenes in north-eastern Norway is a beautiful statue of a woman holding a child in her arms. This is ‘the mother’s monument’ and it’s a tribute to the part played by the … Continue reading

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