The Occupation Years – Documenting a forgotten war

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The only Icelandic film focusing on World War II and the war years in Iceland is Reynir Oddsson's two-part documentary Hernámsárin 1940-1945/The Occupation Years 1940-1945 (1967-1968). Here it is interpreted as a comment on the reluctance in Iceland to take the war into account as an integral part the national narrative, or an attempt to remind Icelanders of the importance of the war for the development of Icelandic society.

Keywords: Cold War; Icelandic film; Reynir Oddsson; World War II; documentary; national narrative

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of Iceland

Publication date: November 19, 2012

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