Tuesday, November 5, 2013

1943: Oslo

Hirden, the paramilitary wing of the Norwegian Nazi Party, marches through Oslo in 1943. The Hirden insignia, seen on the banner, was ubiquitous in Norway from 1940 until 1945.

I am amazed that crowds lined the streets, not even bothering to turn their backs on the Norwegian Nazis.

Norway has an unpleasant if not sordid history, going back hundreds of years. Among other things, the Constitution of Norway prohibited persons of Jewish faith even from entering the country between 1814 and 1851—and the provision was enforced.

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