Norwegian atrocities

December 11 2011

Cannibalism among polar bears in the Svalbard archipelago (main island Spitsbergen); the mauling to death of an English schoolboy there in August; mass-killing on an island near Oslo in June. Trandumskogen massacres during the Second World War.

Second of Stravinsky’s Four Norwegian Moods below. He wrote them for a 1942 Hollywood film, Commandos Strike at Dawn, which was based on a story, not otherwise published, by CS Forester.

IMDb: “A gentle widower, enraged at Nazi atrocities against his peaceful Norwegian fishing village, escapes to Britain and returns leading a commando force against the oppressors.”

Stravinsky’s score was rejected. The film used a different one, by Louis Gruenberg.

The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree has been a gift of Norway since 1947. A plaque below it reads:

“This tree is given by the city of Oslo as a token of Norwegian gratitude to the people of London for their assistance during the years 1940-45.”

Major Quisling (post here).

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