Guest Post – Reluctant Courage A Family’s Struggle to Survive in Nazi Occupied Oslo By Rica Newbery #Oslo #Norway #Nazi #WWII

Reluctant Courage

A Family’s Struggle to Survive in Nazi Occupied Oslo

By Rica Newbery

Reluctant Courage

It is 1942 in Oslo, two years into the Nazi occupation of World War II.

Maria is used to struggling with food rations, bickering daughters, and her husband’s frequent absences from home with police work. She is enraged when Johannes leaves her for another woman and Leo Wolff, a Wehrmacht officer, forcibly takes up residence in their flat, but worse is yet to come. One daughter becomes seriously ill, and another is raped. When the youngest goes missing, Maria must find a way to transcend her bitterness and survive, for her own sake and for her daughters.

A Guest Post by Rica Newbery

Although my novel is fiction, it is inspired by real stories told by my mother, Brit Maja Holmsen, who was 8 years old when the Nazis marched into Oslo. Real events and situations experienced by Norwegians are woven into the story. Resistance fighters risked death every day with hidden radios and distribution of leaflets. Red hats became a symbol of the resistance and were banned by the Nazis. Teachers and Church leaders refused to propagate Nazi ideology, and teachers were arrested en masse, only to return later as no-one would fill their roles. Underground papers printed cartoons mocking the Nazis and graffiti abounded.

     Food was scarce, and women queued for hours or pawned their belongings to afford items such as eggs or meat on the black market. Stomach complaints were common as people ate meat eked out with herring or bread with added newspaper or saw dust from unscrupulous shopkeepers.

      Five hundred and thirty-two Jews were arrested by Norwegian police and handed over to the Gestapo at Pier 1 in Oslo Harbour. They were sent to Auschwitz via the famous SS Donau on 26th November 1942.

     ‘Lebensborn’ mother and baby homes were set up as soldiers were encouraged to impregnate local girls, seen by the Nazis as ‘good Aryans’.  Many of the resulting babies were taken out of Norway to Germany for adoption, and abortion became punishable by death.

Brit Maja Holmsen

Brit Maja Holmsen 1931 – 2016

Author Bio

I am a retired psychiatrist, living with my husband in Bristol. After completing an Open University course in Creative Writing, I wrote my first novel Reluctant Courage. I am now writing a novel about a young woman experiencing the trauma of a psychiatric admission in Bristol in 1957.

Rica Newbery

Links February 2018

Amazon UK

https://www.amazon.co.uk/RELUCTANT-COURAGE-Familys-Survival-Occupied/dp/1640699732

Book Venture (US)

https://www.bookventure.com/bookstore/title/315/reluctant-courage.html

Amazon (US)

https://www.amazon.com/Reluctant-Courage-Familys-Survival-Occupied/dp/1640699724/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1517228608&sr=8-1&keywords=reluctant+courage

This is the link supplied by Publishing Push – and if you would like a copy to review please contact them (Reluctant Courage is 230 pages long)

http://publishingpush.com/blog/coming-soon-reluctant-courage-rica-newbery/

 

About Georgia Rose

Georgia Rose is a writer and the author of the romantic and suspenseful Grayson Trilogy books: A Single Step, Before the Dawn and Thicker than Water. A short story, The Joker, based on a favourite character from the series followed and is free to download from Amazon. Her fourth novel, Parallel Lies, a standalone, encompasses crime along with Georgia’s usual blending of genre. Following a long stint working in the law Georgia set up her own business providing administration services for other companies which she does to this day managing to entwine that work along with her writing. Georgia’s background in countryside living, riding, instructing and working with horses has provided the knowledge needed for some of her storylines; the others are a product of her passion for people watching and her overactive imagination! Her busy life is set in a tranquil part of rural Cambridgeshire in the UK where she lives with her much neglected husband and dog. Their son, currently at university, comes and goes and their daughter, having delighted them all for long enough, has eventually moved out, got married, and is discovering the joys of being all grown up and having a mortgage.
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