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Meet the Author: BjÝrn Westlie

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Category: Education
Start date: 08 Oct 2023 12:00 PM
End date: 08 Oct 2023 01:00 PM
Street / Location: 2655 NW Market Street
City / town: Seattle
Country: Washington, USA
Organizer: National Nordic Museum
Name: National Nordic Museum
Email: marketing@nordicmuseum.org
Phone: 206.789.5707
Homepage: www.nordicmuseum.org/events/meet-the-author-bjorn-westlie

Join us for an in-person Meet the Author with BjÝrn Westlie, author of My Father's War: Confronting Norway's Nazi Past. Westlie will be in conversation with the book's translator, Dean Krouk.

About the book:

My Fatherís War is simultaneously a history of the Nazi occupation of Norway in World War II and a sonís sincere attempt to understand the silences, motivations, and experiences of an estranged father. In this carefully researched book, combining family memoir and historical retelling, BjÝrn Westlie uncovers his fatherís actions as a volunteer soldier for the Waffen-SS, the military wing of the infamous Schutzstaffel (SS), in the invasion of the Soviet Union. Balancing his role as both son and critical investigator, Westlie unflinchingly interrogates his fatherís fascist convictions, which speak to the appeal Hitlerís ideology held for a small, disgraced segment of Norwayís mid-century population. A story of collaboration, tragedy, and treason, My Fatherís War reveals the little-known history of Norway's frontkjempere (front fighters), the atrocities the Waffen-SS committed against Ukrainian Jews, and the complex legacies of ethnonationalism in Norway.

With an insightful introduction from translator Dean Krouk, My Fatherís War is a contemporary classic of war literature. Committed to genuine understanding without falling into undue sympathizing, this sober and reflective book presents an eye-opening, moving, intense, and necessary account of the allure of fascism in a world at waróand its personal costs.