Silent Refuge

In 1940 in the remote village of Rogne, Norway, eleven-year-old Margrit Rosenberg and her parents believe that they have finally found the safety that has eluded them since fleeing from Germany two years earlier. What could go wrong in a tiny village? But after war breaks out in Norway and anti-Jewish persecution escalates, the Rosenbergs must spend their winters in an even more secluded refuge – a small, rudimentary cabin in the mountains accessible only on skis. At first, in a landscape frozen in time, the isolation offers relative security and tranquility. But two years later, as the Nazis begin to arrest and deport the Jews of Oslo, the Rosenbergs are forced to make a fateful decision to trust the Resistance and plan a dangerous escape from Nazi-occupied Norway to neutral Sweden.

Introduction by Robert Ericksen

En bref
Allemagne; Norvège; Suède
Norvège d’après-guerre
Immigration au Canada en 1951
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À propos de l'autrice

Margrit Rosenberg Stenge est née à Cologne (Allemagne) le 27 décembre 1928. À la fin de la guerre, elle retourne vivre à Oslo avec sa famille et se marie, avant d’immigrer au Canada et de s’installer à Montréal en 1951 avec son mari Stefan. Margrit a travaillé durant quarante ans dans diverses administrations, après quoi elle a traduit six livres du norvégien à l’anglais, dont Counterfeiter: How a Norwegian Jew Survived the Holocaust de Moritz Nachtstern (2008). Margrit Rosenberg Stenge est décédée en 2021.

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News travels fast in the countryside, and when I started school many of the villagers knew that we were Jewish, although they really did not know what that meant.