Kathleen Stokker's Folklore Fights the Nazis: Humor in Occupied Norway, PDF

By Kathleen Stokker

ISBN-10: 0299154440

ISBN-13: 9780299154448

    Armed with jokes, puns, and cartoons, Norwegians attempted to maintain their spirits excessive and foster the Resistance through poking enjoyable on the occupying Germans in the course of global warfare II. regardless of a 1942 ordinance mandating loss of life for the ridicule of Nazi infantrymen, Norwegians attacked the occupying Nazis and their Norwegian collaborators through anecdotes, quips, insinuating own advertisements, children’s tales, Christmas playing cards, mock postage stamps, and symbolic clothing.
    In bearing on this dramatic tale, Kathleen Stokker attracts upon her many interviews with survivors of the profession and upon the information of the Norwegian Resistance Museum and the college of Oslo. imperative to the booklet are 4 “joke notebooks” stored by means of girls ranging in age from 11 to thirty, who came upon enough which means during this humor to possibility recording and holding it. Stokker additionally cites info from wartime diaries of 3 different ladies from East, West, and North Norway. putting the joking in historic, cultural, and mental context, Stokker demonstrates how this likely frivolous humor in truth contributed to the improvement of a resistance mentality between an in the beginning harassed, paralyzed, and dispirited inhabitants, shocked by means of the German invasion in their impartial country.
    For this paperback variation, Stokker has further a brand new preface providing a comparative view of resistance via humor in neighboring Denmark.

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Organisten i Ullern kirke, Geburg Aasland, var blind, og kunne vanskelig annet gjore enn a bli sittende pa sin orgelkragg. Det ble fortalt, at som han intonerte skulle han pa orgelet ha streifet innom: "Hadde jeg vinger sa ville jeg fiy.... " [Mads Almaas, letter to author, 17 January 1993]31 (The Nazis replaced Pastor Smith of the Ullern congregation with the Nazi minister Blessing-Dahle, but almost no one went to his services. Ullern church organist Geburg Aasland was blind and had no choice but to keep his job at the church.

To sma gutter i Trondheim gikk pa gaten og pratet om Hitler, etc. Da sa den ene: la, dersom re haddejebursda'n min i samme maned som'n Hitler, sa ville re heller ga a hreng mre. [Schou-Sorensen] (1Wo little boys in Trondheim were walking down the street talking 34 FOLKLORE FIGHTS THE NAZIS about Hitler, etc. ") Not captured in the translation is the abundant ie-sound characteristic of the Tronder dialect which makes "I," "hang," and "myself" rhyme. ) Having considered some general traits of occupation humor, we move on to one of its most Ubiquitous modes: wishful thinking.

These jokes' fastidiousness about mentioning the words "toilet" and "shit" suggests that in their own time they made an even more powerful statement of their tellers' contempt. DEFLATING THE SUPEREGOTIST Like the Quisling jokes, Hitler humor played upon Der Fuhrer's inflated self-image, often characterizing him as having a Messiah Complex. Stauning kom til St. Peter og sa han ville ha hans plass for han hadde sa meget lenger skjegg. St. Peter gikk til Var Herre og klaget. "Ta det med ro," sa Var Herre.

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