• &quote;(NOT) an ordinary&quote; Nazi

    I wonder who this person is in the photo, the one on the left, smiles so kindly and looks directly at the camera lens. It seems that he is the center of photography, and everyone else is a kind of framework: among the young soldiers sits an intelligent old man. He doesn't look like a typical Nazi officer at all. For several years, I was interested in collecting photographs taken, as a rule, by German soldiers in Oslo during the years of occupation 1940-45. The vast majority of the photographs I have used as illustration for the tour Oslo during WW2 and the photoproject “Present

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    Trotsky in Norway

    "In Norwegian history, the Trotsky affair will remain an unhealed wound." Haakon Lee Chairman of the Norwegian Labor Party 1945-69 Lev Davidovich Trotsky is a bright and ambiguous figure of the first and second revolutions in Russia, the closest ally of Lenin, the creator of the Red Army and the Comintern. The list of his achievements can be continued for a long time. After Lenin’s death, a redistribution of power began, during which Trotsky lost his leading position in the Soviet political arena and, in fact, lost to Stalin. The latter, in turn, decided to get rid of the dangerous

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    Long road to Hurum

    Film based on a true story. In November 1949 airplane with Jewish children has crashed near Oslo. Almost 67 years later a person is traveling from US to the crash sight where three of his siblings lost life. Its premiere is dedicated to European day of Jewish culture 2019. Idea: Rami Kafarov, Filmed by DodoFilm Productions. Duration 21 min. Film in English with Hebrew subtitles.

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    The human destiny in four lines

    In June of this year, for the umpteenth time, Norway was visited by German artist Gunter Demnig to continue with his project to perpetuate the memory of the victims of Nazism. I had in my hands the exact working schedule for Gunter in Oslo, and therefore, it was not so difficult to find that the main important thing was to be on time. He works fast, as he visits multiple addresses on the same day. Time frames are respected with German vanity. While approaching to Grefsenveien Street at half-past eleven, from afar I saw a car with construction equipment and an artist, kneeling and cutting

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    Free Lecture: Unknown war. Norway during 1940-45

    Welcome to a lecture about Norway during 1940-45. On April 9 1940, Nazi Germany attacked Norway. Resistance, life, betrayal, heroism and much more will be highlighted during the meeting with Rami Kafarov a guide and the founder of the Oslo Photo tour .  When: Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 7 PM – 8 PM Where: cafe Henriken, Wergelandsveien 5, 0167 Oslo, Norway Fee: Free entrance Number of places is limited to 50-60  

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    Historical toilets in Oslo

    In 2001, at an international conference in Singapore, representatives from 17 national toilet associations from Asia, Europe and North America (dedicated to everything related to toilets) declared the 19 of November the World Toilet Day.  Now let’s find out a little bit about that place where we spend a lot of time, namely, the toilet. The concepts of hygiene and sanitation have been long known to man, even though they have varied a lot between centuries. The ancient history of the toilet, older than a thousand years, is the best example. By the way, it’s exactly with the

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    Self guided tour of Oslo 1940-45

    Welcome to the self-guided walking tour dedicated to Oslo during the war, 1940–1945. You may already know its route: you will walk through the main streets, although you will be looking at them from a completely different angle. You will see life under German occupation. The tour will help you discover echos of the past — where parades, bombings, and assassination attempts took place; how the Germans used main city buildings. Oslo will tell you things unknown even to many locals.  The tour starts in front of the Royal Palace, overlooking the entire city center, and ends

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    Oslo apartment design - backstage to a local culture

    Interior spaces are about the colors on the walls, the textures on the furniture and an interesting mix of humble materials. This 1915 Oslo Frogner apartment is clean, fresh-looking, and inspires a sense of calm. The owners of the apartment have managed to keep this place bright and open.The dark wood floor, the beige walls, the fireplace add warmth to the main room. The seating in the main room is made simple and cozy with the placement of the two sofas, in front of each other and away from the walls. The furniture is right in proportion for the room, in terms of the length, width and ceiling

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    Next day after the War

    While Europe was celebrating Victory Day, in Norway, the operation Doomsday – liberation of Norway was about to start. The goal of the operation was supervising the surrender of the German forces in Norway as well as preventing the sabotage of vital military and civilian facilities. Thousands of military personnel was flown to Norway. Unfortunately due to various reasons three airplanes got crashed and 48 soldiers got killed right after the war in Europe was ended. *On Ascention day Thursday May 10th 1945 between 7:30 and 8:00 hours, the Short Stirling LK147 from 196 Squadron took

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    The second story: Blucher

    The second story from series of short stories about ships entering the Norwegian waters in 1940-45, and the fate of people who served on them. Original photos from the Oslo Photo Tour collection were are used for illustration. (first story).Walking along the Aker Brygge embankment you can see various marine artefacts, such as: a whaling gun, screws from ships, and anchors. One of those anchors will be discussed. Although it looks no different from the others, it is associated with a heroic, and even miraculous looking, battle of Norway’s history.  The anchor belonged

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