University of Minnesota
Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies


Reidar Dittmann

Reidar Dittmann, Norwegian resistance and survivor of Buchenwald.

Professor Emeritus of Art History and Norwegian. Born and raised in Tonsberg, Norway's oldest city. Studied at Oslo University and the Conservatory of Music, later at St. Olaf College, New York University, and the U of Washington (M.A. and PhD). Author of books and articles and lecturer on Scandinavian Art, Edvard Munch, and the Holocaust. Imprisoned in Buchenwald Concentration Camp and witness to the destiny of the camp's Jewish prisoners.
Curriculum Vitae

Holocaust Experiences

"I must have been there in the summer, fall, winter, and spring. But looking back at Buchenwald, I feel as though the month of November existed always. There is nothing grayer and more miserable than November."

A Holocaust Memorial: Reidar Dittman
USHMM Holocaust Encyclopedia: Reidar Dittmann

News Articles

A remembrance of WWII resistance fighter Reidar Dittmann: Minneapolis Public Radio
Holocaust survivor Reidar Dittmann, 88: Minneapolis Star Tribume