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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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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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The marshes of death at Jarfjord and the borderlands with Russia

I spent most of yesterday gathering scorched earth stories from across this small but eventful corner of north-eastern Norway. I have spent most of today visiting the places where those wartime stories happened. This has been thanks to a remarkable … Continue reading

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