Ah, guys. Today`s been a good day. The reason is pretty much because of an event I went to today, which was in the Holocaust Center (it`s called that, but it`s a center for studies of Holocaust and Religious minorities) in Oslo. It started 2 o clock in the afternoon, and I wasn`t sure whether to go or not because I usually have a lecture from 12-2 and afterwards a seminar. I changed the seminar and decided to only attend half of the lecture, so I could go to the event. And let`s just say I don`t regret doing that. The author Lena Lindahl just got a book published, and it`s about a girl and how she survived Holocaust during the second world war. I haven`t read it yet (it came out today), but according to what I heard today at the event, it`s about a girl who survived the war by hiding in a wall in a cottage in the Norwegian city Trondheim. Her Christian boyfriend helped her, and she hid in the cottage for more than two years. In that way it`s got a connection to Anne Frank, and honestly; I saw that there was going to be another event about the book somewhere else, and the title said “The girl in the wall – a little known Anne Frank-story from Trondheim”. My head instantly said: “I have to go”.
It was an awesome event, very informative and very interesting. It`s these kind of stories from the war that interest me. Stories about humanity and love. Imagine having to hide for so long, barely going out and being scared. She didn`t know where her family was, but pretty much all of her family was deported and killed in the camps. Every time someone came over, Betzy Rosenborg (the girl) had to hid in the wall. Sometimes for hours.
Even though I`ve read quite a lot about the war, it still “fascinates” me how the Nazis were able to not only think this way, but also go to the extent they did in order to rid of millions of people. It also fascinates me what extent people would go to, just to survive. And imagine – this all happened less than 75 years ago.
On my way home I talked to this old lady who also had been there. Very nice to talk to her and talk about our lives. We both believe there should be more history books out there that are written for young people. Most of the history books that I`ve read are academic and therefore not that interesting for people who are 15-25 years old. “The girl in the wall” is a book written for the youth – you learn about history, but it`s more “dramatised”. Anyways, I also mentioned I`m going to Maastricht for next semester and she told me a little about her life. All in all, a good day. Excited to read the book, by the way. Unfortunately it`s only on Norwegian, but let me know if you want me to write about it after I`ve finished it! 😃