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Terje Emberland

Terje Emberland

Research Professor

The Norwegian Center for Holocaust and Minority Studies (HL-senter)




Terje Emberland is Research Professor at the Norwegian Center for Holocaust and Minority Studies (HL-senteret) and affiliated researcher at the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX) at the University of Oslo. Emberland is one of the foremost experts on the history of Norwegian fascism, antisemitism, occupation history, and conspiracy theories. He has written a number of articles and monographs in these fields and co-edited several anthologies. He has been Senior Researcher in the government-funded research project Norwegians in the Waffen-SS from 2006 to 2012, and in the research project Democratic Institutions facing Nazi occupation: Norway in a comparative perspective from 2013 to 2016, financed by the Norwegian Research Council. Emberland has supervised several master and doctoral students. He was key to developing the permanent exhibition on Holocaust and antisemitism in Norway at the Norwegian Center for Holocaust and Minority Studies, and curated the exhibition The Nazi occupation of the Past at the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History in Oslo. He has participated in developing several TV and radio documentaries on historical and modern fascism, antisemitism, occupation history, and conspiracy theories, and has frequently appeared as an expert commentator in these fields. Emberland served as an expert witness in the trial against Anders Behring Breivik.

Research interests

  • Fascism
  • Anti-Semitism
  • Conspiracy theories
  • History of the German occupation of Norway
  • History and ideology of the SS

Featured publications

Emberland, Terje, and Asbjørn Dyrendal. 2019. Hva er konspirasjonsteorier. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget.
Emberland, Terje. 2015. Da fascismen kom til Norge. Den nasjonale legions vekst og fall, 1927 – 1928. Oslo: Dreyer.
Emberland, Terje. 2015. “Neither Hitler nor Quisling: The Ragnarok Circle and Oppositional National Socialism in Norway.” Fascism 4 (2). Brill.
Emberland, Terje. 2015. “The Teutonic rage of the ancient timbers. Himmler, the SS and Norwegian folk culture.” In Erik Tonning et al.,eds., Art in Battle. Bergen: KODE.
Emberland, Terje, and Matthew Kott. 2012. Himmlers Norge – nordmenn i det storgermanske prosjekt. Oslo: Aschehoug, 2012.
Emberland, Terje. 2012. “Im Zeichen der Hagal-Rune. ʻArteigeneʼ Religion und nationalsozialistischer Aktivismus in Norwegen in den dreißiger Jahren.” In Uwe Puschner, ed., Die völkisch-religiöse Bewegung im Nationalsozialismus. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
Emberland, Terje. 2012. “Pureblooded Vikings and Peasants: Norwegians in the Racial Ideology of the SS.” In: Anton Weiss-Wendt and Rory Yeomans, eds., Racial Science in Hitler’s New Europe. Critical Studies in the History of Anthropology. Lincoln: Nebraska University Press.