Folklore Fights the Nazis: Humor in Occupied Norway, 19401945 Paperback – Feb 15 1997
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“An indispensable history of a nation’s resistance to occupation. . . . Stokker’s penetrating study shows folk humor as a form of psychological warfare.”—Choice
“Folklore Fights the Nazis concludes that Norwegians—traditionally regarded as serious-minded folks—employed a sly sense of humor at the expense of their invaders, even in the face of possible harsh retaliation.”—Jack Hovelson, Des Moines Register
About the Author
Kathleen Stokker is professor of Norwegian at Luther College. She is the co-author (with Odd Haddal) of Norsk, Nordmenn og Norge, the most widely used Norwegian-language textbook series in the United States, also published by the University of Wisconsin Press. Her life-long interest in Norway was stimulated by attending the Oslo International Summer School in 1968 and is increased by annual returns to the country.
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Nazis won few converts in Norway. Their audacious and conceited world perspective was not shared by their Norwegian 'fellow Aryans' neighbors. Although there were several members of the Norwegian Nazi party, occupying soldiers and sympathizers faced constant ostracism and contempt. The author exemplifies this general feeling in Norwegian society by first hand diary accounts of WW2 survivors. These accounts seem enlightening and interesting, as do reports of the common jokes of the day.
The book is scholarly in nature and a knowledge of Norwegian would be helpful. I found it to be a real page turner. The inherently suspenseful and sometimes tragic nature of the lengthy occupation and historical documentation would satisfy any history fan who reads this book. Also, like all good jokes, or more accurately funny jokes, they stand the test of time. Unlike the proverbial Nazi fart in the wind.
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