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Norway folk museum caves in to pressure. Valdres Folk Museum has changed its plans to create a Norway WWII exhibition after censure from musicians. The original exhibition, entitled ‘nazisme og folkemusikk’ (Nazism and Folk Music), was intended to highlight German propaganda and the Norwegian music form. It however met with criticism from folk musicians including Knut Buen, who said he did not believe that there is a connection between the Nazis and Norwegian folk music.

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Norway folk museum caves in to pressure

Published on Tuesday, 29th January, 2013 at 15:41 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .
Last Updated on 29th January 2013 at 15:53.

Valdres Folk Museum has changed its plans to create a Norway WWII exhibition after censure from musicians.

Valdres Folk Museum
This picture shows a sculpture in memory of Jørn Hilme in front, building from Brenn to the left, building from Prestøyn to the right.Valdres Folk Museum
Photo: John Erling Blad/Wikimedia Commons


The original exhibition, entitled ‘nazisme og folkemusikk’ (Nazism and Folk Music), was intended to highlight German propaganda and the Norwegian music form.

It however met with criticism from folk musicians including Knut Buen, who said he did not believe that there is a connection between the Nazis and Norwegian folk music.

The Nazis used many folk musicians for propaganda purposes during the Second World War, both voluntarily and involuntarily.

Valdres Folk Museum, who received NOK 300,000 in support last year for the planned exhibition, wanted to look at the impact this had on those involved.

Staff there has now chosen to rename the exhibition ‘folkemusikk og nasjionalisme’ (‘Folk Music and Nationalism'), with the Second World War now being just a small part of the exhibition. 

It will also include a section on the Lillehammer Olympics and the national feeling these created.

Employee Ole Aastad Bråten told NRK that, “We also want to include other perspectives, so it shouldn’t just be about World War II.”

Mr Buen, who says he will not being attending the revised exhibition’s opening in 15 March added, “the new focus makes it even worse, because there is no connection between Nazism and folk music.”




Published on Tuesday, 29th January, 2013 at 15:41 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .
Last updated on 29th January 2013 at 15:53.

This post has the following tags: wwiinorway, norwaysecondworldwar, nazisnorway, norwayfolkmusic.





  
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