This Day in History

March 15, 1942: Norwegian Teachers Resist Nazi Curriculum

Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: Education, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
Norwegian Teachers Resistance

500 teachers from all over Norway were sent to Kirkenes in 1942 after refusing to teach the nazi curriculum. Source: Arkivverket.no

On March 15, 1942, more than 1,300 Norwegian teachers were arrested by the German Nazi-installed government run by Vidkun Quisling after 12,000 of 14,000 nationwide had refused to join the new Nazi-oriented teachers’ association and resisted nazification of the curriculum.

Half were held in a concentration camp outside the capital of Oslo. The rest were shipped to the Arctic for forced labor alongside Russian prisoners of war.

Read more in Norwegian teachers prevent Nazi takeover of education, 1942 at the Global Nonviolent Action Database.