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Norske Studenter Internert 1943-1945 by Erik Lørdahl. 94 pages, 6 ½ by 9 ½ inches, card covers, perfect bound, in Norwegian, War and Philabooks, Tårnåsen, Norway 2007. ISBN 978-82-92826-01-0, available from War and Philabooks, Gydas v. 52, 1413 Tårnåsen, Norway, or

As Germany occupied Nordic countries in the early years of World War II, she sought to control the political unrest and activity of groups of university students opposed to the occupation. This book examines the treatment of Norwegian students who were interned at camps in Norway, Germany and elsewhere, with a special focus on the handling of mail to and from the student internees.

A few students were sent to Norwegian camps at Berg and Stavern, and examples of mail to and from Stavern are shown. A list of postal regulations at Berg is reproduced. The first group of students sent out of Norway were interned at Sennheim, Germany near the Swiss border. Examples of incoming and outgoing mail for Sennheim are shown including letters, covers, postal cards, a parcel receipt, and related items. There are also many photos of student groups, camp officers, buildings, and work details that add to the reality of the camp atmosphere.

The second group of students sent abroad went to Buchenwald concentration camp near Weimar. Others went to Neuengamme near Hamburg. In addition to these major camps there were many others identified as holding Norwegian students. Much of the postal material illustrated in this handbook shows a variety of censorship devices including resealing tapes, handstamps, and chemical treatment to detect secret writing.

The book concludes with a listing of several hundred students by name and the dates they were sent to the various camps or transferred between camps. A brief list of abbreviations and bibliographic references appear near the end of the book.

This fascinating study of student internees and the handling of their mail reflects a great deal of research on the part of author Lørdahl and several other postal historians whom he acknowledges.

Alan Warren