Bakgrunn og aktiviteter

Discipline: German and European Studies

About me

I studied the history of ideas, political science, and German studies at the University of Oslo and the Humboldt University in Berlin, before completing my PhD on Norwegian survivors of the concentration camp Sachsenhausen at the University of Oslo in 2007. I have authored a number of books on survivor’s testimonies, German and European memory culture and WWII, and Norwegian industry during the Nazi occupation. My research output extends from academic works of history to museum exhibitions, audio books, and journalism. As of 2017 I also hold an adjunct position as senior reseacher at the memorial site Falstadsenteret. 

As of August 2019 I’m a Guest Research Fellow at the Institute for Diaspora Studies and Genocide Research at Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany) (until August 2020).


On-going Research:

  • “A Global Turn? Holocaust Remembrance and Genocide Education in the 21st Century” (working-title): A research monograph discussing the dynamics between local, national, transnational and global memories, and the multiple actors and networks involved in  constructing international norms and standards for mnemopolitical actions.
  • The Norwegian-French research group „’Bildung’ in the age of algorithms“ (project management by NTNU), which has been organizing workshops on ‘Bildung’, digitalization and algorithmic thinking since 2017. As a result of this work, the group submitted a four-years’ grant application to the Norwegian Research Council entitled „Algorithms we live by: Norms and Narrations in the Rule of Law and Memory Politics“ in April 2019. My sub-project focuses on the impact of digitalization, mass data storage and the construction of mnemopolitical norms and standards of memorizing the Holocaust and WWII. 
  • The European research project iC-ACCESS; “Accessing Campscapes: Inclusive Strategies for Using European Conflicted Heritage” (funded by the HERA Joint Research Programme “Uses of the Past”), headed by Rob van der Laarse (University of Amsterdam). Project duration: 2016-2019. I participate on behalf of Falstad Memorial Centre in the construction of the application ‚Falstad Digital Reconstruction‘. Homepage:
  • The Norwegian research project MeMin; „The Mediated Memorial Site“ (supported by the Arts Council Norway), a collaborative research project conducted by NTNU and Falstad Memorial Centre (project management) on the digitalization of history and cultural heritage and the possibilities and challenges which digital technologies present for the transmission of history and culture. The project is connected to the iC-ACCESS-project. Project duration: 2019-2020. My sub-project discusses the ‚Aura of Authenticity‘ in the digital age. 
  • The Norwegian research project “In a World of Total War: Norway 1939-1945” (funded by the Norwegian Research Council), a collaborative research project by NTNU, the University of Tromsö (project management) and the Department of Defence Studies (IFS) in Oslo. Project duration: 2016-2020. My sub-project focuses on Norwegian memory politics related to WWII, and an article on the main findings was published by International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society in June 2019, DOI:  


Research Interests

  • History of National Socialism and WWII, history of the concentration- camp-system, Holocaust
  • Forms and Modes of Memory and of Remembering
  • Memory Politics (national, transnational, European, global)
  • History of the Memorial Sites in former Nazi concentration camps
  • Memorial Sites, Memorials and Monuments as ‘sites of memory’ 
  • Digitalization, Memory und Narrative
  • Norms and Algorithms related to Memory and ‘Bildung’
  • Survivors of Nazi persecution and their testimonies
  • Transitional Justice


Teaching at NTNU

In German Studies:

  • TYSK 2401 Deutschland und Europa (fall 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)
  • TYSK 1401 Deutsche Kultur 1870-1945 (spring 2012, 2013, 2018, 2019)
  • TYSK 2900 Bacherlorarbeit Deutsche Kultur (spring 2016)

In European Studies:

  • EUR 2102 European Identities and Culture (fall 2018)
  • EUR 3401 European Cultural History (fall 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016)
  • EUR 1201 EUs Cultural Policy and European Integration (spring 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • EUR 2101 Norway and European Integration (fall 2015)
  • EUR 1001 Introduction to the European Union (fall 2014)

In History:

  • HIST 3205 Holocaust, Genocides, and their Aftermath (spring 2018)


Selected Publications

(2019) “Local and National Memories in a Transnational Age: The Case of Norway”, in International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society (DOI:

(2019) “Constructing the ‚Seventh Million?’ Holocaust and National Identity in Contemporary Israel”, in Tore Petersen (ed.): Contemporary Israel in a Turbulent Region: Politics, Economics and Security, Routledge

(2018) (With Wolfram Kaiser) “International Organizations and Holocaust Remembrance: From Europe to the World”, in International Journal of Cultural Policy, Vol. 24, Issue 6 (DOI:

(2017) “Angst, Anpassung oder Anregung? Die norwegische Leichtmetallindustrie unter deutscher Besatzung 1940-45”, in Jahrbuch für Wirtschaftsgeschichte 58/1

(2016) (With Ketil Gjølme Andersen) “Diversification and Collaboration: Norsk Hydro, IG Farben and the German light metal program”, in Hans Otto Frøland, Mats Ingulstad and Jonas Scherner (eds.): Industrial Cooperation in Nazi-Occupied Europe: Norway in Context, Basingstoke

(2014) Norske krigsprofitører: Nazi-Tysklands velvillige medløpere (research monograph on economic collaboration in Norway during the German occupation 1940-45), Oslo

(2013) „Kvinner i fangenskap under andre verdenskrig“ (article on women in Nazi captivity during WWII), in Falstadsenteret (ed.), Kvinneavdelingen (Catalogue for the exhibition on the women’s section in the SS Prison Camp Falstad), Trondheim (with English translation)

(2012) “Which Narrative of Auschwitz? A narrative Analysis of Laurence Rees’ documentary Auschwitz and the Final Solution”, in Jakob Lothe, Susan Suleiman and Jim Phelan (eds.), After Testimony: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Holocaust Narrative for the Future, Columbus/Ohio

(2011) “’Han vet at det er sant, for han har vært der’ – tidsvitner som historieformidlere” (chapter on the inclusion of survivors and their testimonies in educational programmes for schools and memorial sites), in Claudia Lenz und Trond Risto Nilssen (eds.), Fortiden i nåtiden (anthology on the role of the past in/for the present with special regard to didactical aspects of history), Oslo

(2011) (With Claudia Lenz) “Hvem er heltene? Tidsvitnefortellinger sett i lys av tradisjonelle kjønnsmønstre” (chapter on the possibilities and challenges of adapting gender perspectives when analysing survivors’ testimonies), in Claudia Lenz und Trond Risto Nilssen (eds.), Fortiden i nåtiden (anthology on the role of the past in/for the present with special regard to didactical aspects of history), Oslo

(2011) „Arven etter Hitler i tysk littertur og film etter 1989“ (article on the presentation of Nazi Germany in German literature and film since 1989), in Stiftelsen Arkivet (Hrsg.), Nytt blikk, Kristiansand

(2010) Arven etter Hitler: Tysklands oppgjør med naziregimet (research monograph on Germany’s post-war political, historical, social and cultural dealings with the ‘Third Reich’ 1945-2010), Oslo. Translated into Danish: Arven efter Hitler: Tysklands opgør med naziregimet, Copenhagen, 2010

(2010) "Brutalitet og dannelse" (article on Nazi perpetrators with regard to the aspects of brutality and ‘Bildung’), in Vagant, No. 3

(2008) "The Transformation of Memories: The Witness as a Survivor and as a Suffering Witness", in Ulrik Ekman and Frederik Tygstrup (eds.), Witness, Representation, and the Media in Question, Copenhagen

(2008) "Helden, Täter, Opfer: Erinnerung und Verdrängung im Umgang mit der Okkupationszeit in Norwegen", in Norrøna, No. 2

(2007) Fortellingen om fangenskapet (a rewritten and Norwegian version of the PhD thesis on Norwegian inmates of the concentration-camp Sachsenhausen and their memories), Oslo

(2007) Das Schreiben über die KZ-Gefangenschaft: Eine Analyse von Zeugnissen norwegischer Überlebender des KZ Sachsenhausen, PhD, Oslo

(2007) "Tidsvitners fortellinger fra konsentrasjonsleiren Sachsenhausen" (article on the testimonies of Norwegian survivors of the concentration-camp Sachsenhausen), in Fortid, No. 2

(2007) "Vitnesbyrdet om fangenskapet – mellom historie, litteratur og minnepolitikk" (research article on the conceptualization of survivors’ testimonies as history, literature and/or memory(politics)), in ARR – idehistorisk tidsskrift, No.1

(2006) (With Jakob Lothe) Tidsvitner: Fortellinger fra Auschwitz og Sachsenhausen (a collection of interviews with survivors of Auschwitz and Sachsenhausen), Oslo

(2006) "Testimonies of Survivors and the Research on World War II", in Willy Østreng (ed.), Consilience: Interdisciplinary Communications 2005/2006, Oslo

(2004) "Überlebende des Konzentrationslagers Sachsenhausen in der norwegischen Erinnerungskultur", in Ralph Gabriel (eds.), Lagersystem und Repräsentation: interdisziplinäre Studien zur Geschichte der Konzentrationslager, Tübingen

(2004) "Versenkt, vergessen und verdrängt. Die Odyssee des Per Torhaug und seines Romans Waldkommando” (epilogue), in Per Torhaug, Das Waldkommando, Berlin


Documentaries (as researcher and scientific consultant):

  • "Et lykkebarn – Historien om Thomas Buergenthal". Stiftelsen Hvite busser til Auschwitz, 2010.

  • "Falskmyntneren i Sachsenhausen". TV2, 2009.

  • "En plass for poesi". NRK, 2009.

  • "Barn i Theresienstadt". Stiftelsen Hvite busser til Auschwitz, 2007.

  • "Liv og død i Sachsenhausen". Stiftelsen Hvite busser til Auschwitz, 2006.

  • "Kvinneleiren Ravensbrück". Stiftelsen Hvite busser til Auschwitz, 2006.

  • "Hver fredag foran porten". Stiftelsen Hvite busser til Auschwitz, 2006.


Exhibitions (as advisor):

  • Kvinneavdelingen / Women's Section. Falstadsenteret, 2013.


Exhibitions (as researcher):

  • "Ravensbrück: Biographien – Themen - Kalendertage" (new main exhibition). Mahn- und Gedenkstätte Ravensbrück, 2013. 

  • ""Hier war das ganze Europa": Überlebende der Konzentrationslager Ravensbrück und Sachsenhausen in der europäischen Nachkriegspolitik (temporary exhibition). Gedenkstätte und Museum Sachsenhausen, 2003.