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HISTORY / National-cultivating historiography has characterized Norway for several decades, but Leidulf Melve and Eivind Heldaas Seland show the way out of disability.

The debate over Marte Michelet's books Jews og holocaust has shown how emotionally connected many Norwegian historians have been to one major national past presentation. IN The biggest crime (2014) and What did the home front know? (2018) challenged Michelet's writing of history in recent decades, where Norwegian Jews and their experiences in practice have been written out of history.

The Home Front had been notified of the extermination of the Jews three months before the October 1942 arrests.

Oskar Mendelsohn, who was affiliated with the Mosaic Faith Society, had to write himself The history of the Jews in Norway (1969/1986). But Michelet was the first to grab Gunnar Sonstebys statement in 1970, recorded on audio tape by Ragnar Ulstein, that the home front had been notified of the extermination of the Jews three months before the arrests from October 1942. The argument from the historians Bjarte Bruland, Mats Tangestuen and Elise B. Berggren is that Sønsteby "must" have remembered wrong. He stated this 28 years after the events, «something like. . .

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Dag Herbjørnsrud
Former editor of MODERN TIMES. Now head of the Center for Global and Comparative History of Ideas.

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