Haushaltspflicht und Widerstand: Erzählungen norwegischer Frauen über die deutsche Besatzung 1940–1945 im Lichte nationaler Vergangenheitskonstruktionen

TitleHaushaltspflicht und Widerstand: Erzählungen norwegischer Frauen über die deutsche Besatzung 1940–1945 im Lichte nationaler Vergangenheitskonstruktionen
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsLenz, Claudia
Number of Pages269
PublisherEdition Diskord
CityTübingen
Abstract

After 1945, a narrative pattern dominated in Norway with regard to the period of occupation, which was initially characterized by a male-heroic resistance ideal and the image of the "boys in the woods". A gender order was inscribed in the postwar discourses of memory, according to which the patriotic Norwegian woman's duty was to keep her house in order under German occupation while the men went into the resistance. It was not until decades after the end of the war that women began to appear in public as consciously acting agents of the resistance and were thus simultaneously authorized to tell the history of resistance. The study traces how, in harmony with the official culture of remembrance, individual memory narratives of women who took part in the resistance also changed. The analysis of their resistance reports reveals sexualized subtexts and shows that the problem of national myth-making is far from over with the integration of women in the history of resistance. The book thus touches on fundamental and current issues related to the production, modes of action, and use of memory.

Translated TitleHousehold Duty and Resistance: Norwegian Women's Tales of the German Occupation 1940-1945 in the Light of National Constructions of the Past
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