A Comparative Look at Scandinavian Cultures: Denmark, Norway and Sweden and Their Encounters with German Refugees, 1933-1940.

Frank Meyer (1)
(1) , Norway

Abstract

This article is a comparative study that points to the differences between national cultures in Scandinavia, as they are reconstructed from source material left over from the encounter between Scandinavian insiders and German outsiders in the pre-World War II period. This article uses a variety of memoirs, notes, interviews, and other records produced by German refugees in Scandinavia, and by Scandinavians who encountered German refugees in the period 1933-1940. Danes, Norwegians and Swedes characterise and are characterised by the German refugees. Thus, in-group and out-group mechanisms highlight patterns that help to constitute national cultures. This article provides a few examples that show the comparative differences in the ways in which German refugees were seen and treated by the Scandinavians who encountered them. It also provides a few examples that show the comparative differences in national culture in Scandinavia, as those differences appeared to German refugees.

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Frank Meyer

Frank Meyer, b. 1964 in Liesborn, Federal Republic of Germany, studied history, sociology and Scandinavian literature and languages in Bochum, Essen, Göttingen and Oslo. Ph.D. in Greifswald 1997, and in Oslo 2001. Author of Schreiben für die Fremde. Politische und kulturelle Publizistik des deutschen Exils in Norwegen und Skandinavien 1933-1940 (Essen: Klartext 2000), Nordic Historiography in the 20th Century (Oslo: Universitetet i Oslo, 2000), and «Dansken, svensken og nordmannen ... Skandinaviske habitusforskjeller sett i lys av kulturmøtet med tyske flyktninger. En komparativ studie», (Oslo: Unipub, 2001).

Meyer, F. (2006). A Comparative Look at Scandinavian Cultures: Denmark, Norway and Sweden and Their Encounters with German Refugees, 1933-1940. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 6(2), 1–08. https://doi.org/10.36923/jicc.v6i2.426

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