• Provocative House

    This house – or rather its gates are so unusual that in 1992 it became the reason for a curious case: German tourist passing by was so shocked, that he was found unconscious on the pavement.The reason was simple. The house was built in a typical architecture style of the Third Reich and the gates featured large swastika decorations.However, as far as it’s known, German architects never took part in the construction. If one does not get hung up on the Nazi ideology, the situation will look far more harmless. First, let’s start with the fact that the swastika

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    Subtle Humor

    And yet, you have to be a person with a special sense of humor to make a decision to install the group of sculptures united by the common title ”Man with an Easy Hand Movement” (Mann med liten håndbevegelse by Istvan Lisztes). Except that the movement is very much reminiscent of begging and the statues are located across the State Bank of Norway.

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    Tante Ju

    Junkers Ju 52 used to be the Luftwaffe’s workhorse and one of the most popular transport aircraft. Like all airplanes, it also had an unofficial nickname: “Tante Ju” or “Auntie Ju” obtained for its slow-moving. However, it could carry 10-15 people and cargo up to 1000 km away. The ”Operation Weser-Exercise” became the first major military operation for the Ju 52. On April 9, 1940, 500 airplanes of this type were prepared for attacking Denmark and Norway. It is still unknown whether the photographed aircraft had participated in this operation or not,

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    Present Through the Lens of the Past

    “What the Photograph reproduces to infinity has occurred only once: the Photograph mechanically repeats what could never be repeated existentially.”                                                                                                                             

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    Free Jewish tour on Karl Johan

    Welcome to European Day of Jewish Culture 2017. In honor of the event on 3 of September you are welcome to free Oslo Jewish Tour. Our journey into the Jewish history in Norway may look a little bit different in comparison with traditional tours. We are not going to visit synagogue or cemeteries, which are really typical for such excursions. Instead of that we are going to walk mostly through Karl Johan Street, which is the most central street of Oslo. We will understand and discover Jewish history in Norway using archived materials, as well as historical and modern monuments all along our

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    Soviet POW in Ullensaker, Norway

    During WWII Kaare Syltevik was an active member of a clandestine intelligence organization working on behalf of Allied powers in occupied Norway during World War II. Today (2019) he is 97 years old very socially active person. In March 2016 he gave a lecture about Soviet POW in Ullensaker. Ullensaker is a municipality in Akershus county located roughly 40 km from Oslo and best known for Oslo main airport Gardemoen.Lecture is in Norwegian. Sorry if you can’t understand.

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    Oslo Children. History of a fatal air crash

    Gathering information about Jewish Oslo, I stumbled upon the fact about the Hurum airplane crash in 1949. Hurum is approximately an hour away from Oslo, and that’s why it was between the last spots in my list of interest places for thorough studies. However, when I learned more about it, I was surprised by the amount of amazing facts that are hidden in the history of this place. After the foundation of Israel in 1948, Jews from all corners of the world flew there.The Special Children Invigoration and Preparation Program was created. Its aim was to facilitate the North African Jews

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    Nacreous Clouds

    Today’s rare guest in Oslo sky is nacreous cloud. It forms when the fading light at sunset passes through tiny ice crystals blown along by a strong jet of stratospheric air. The clouds form only in polar latitudes and at extremely cold temperatures below −78 °C at altitudes of 15,000–25,000 meters.

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    So You Want to Date a Scandinavian?

    written by thyra10 – Danish, who lives in Norway with husband and two kids. She`s lived in Sweden too and consider herself Scandinavian more than Danish, Swedish or Norwegian. I have been contacted by more than one person wanting to date Scandinavian people or even marry one of us. My reply? Tough luck! Because Scandinavians don’t date. We hardly even have a word for it. The Scandinavian word for ‘date’ is really old-fashioned and one my grandmother might have used but probably didn’t because I don’t think she dated either. So the few times we

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    139 Old Norse Words That Invaded The English Language

    Without the Vikings, English would be missing some awesome words like berserk, ugly, muck, skull, knife, die, and cake! BY JOHN-ERIK JORDAN   When I say “Old English” what comes to mind? The ornate, hard-to-read script? Reading Beowulf in your high school English class? The kinds of figurative compound nouns – orkennings – like “swan of blood” and “slaughter-dew” that have sustained heavy metal lyrics for decades? Old English, also known as Anglo-Saxon, was a language spoken by the Angles and the Saxons – the

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