#ScandiReadingChallenge: 1940s

In April, the focus of the 2022 Scandinavian Reading Challenge is books that take place in the 1940s. Below you’ll find some highlights of the time period along with book suggestions.

Do you have any Scandinavian books that take place during this time period that you recommend or know of? Leave a comment or email me any suggestions. I’d love to hear them.

Some highlights from this decade:

  • 9 April 1940 – Norway invaded by German forces, the royal family escaped to London
  • Norwegians built a resistance movement which fought the German occupation forces with both civil disobedience and armed resistance.
  • February 1943 – Operation Gunnerside: Sabotage of Norsk Hydro’s heavy water plant and stockpile of heavy water at Vemork, which crippled the German nuclear program (1943: The Heroes of Telemark)
  • Fall 1944 – Scorched Earth Campaign: As Nazis withdrew from Northern Norway, they forcibly evacuated more than 70,000 people, including children, young people, the elderly and sick, and destroyed everything to delay the advance of the Russian forces (Norsk Folkemuseum: Scorched Earth)
  • 8 May 1945 – Nazi Germany forces withdrew from Norway and World War II came to an end

Books to consider:

Non-fiction:

Go to #ScandiReadingChallenge: 1900/1910s

Go to #ScandiReadingChallenge: 1920s

Go to #ScandiReadingChallenge: 1930s

Go to #ScandiReadingChallenge: 1950s

Go to #ScandiReadingChallenge: 1960s

Go to #ScandiReadingChallenge: 1970s

Go to #ScandiReadingChallenge: 1980s

Go to #ScandiReadingChallenge: 1990s

Go to #ScandiReadingChallenge: 2000s (coming soon)

Go to #ScandiReadingChallenge: 2010s (coming later)

Go to #ScandiReadingChallenge: Multiple Decades (coming later)


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