University of Minnesota
Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies


Curriculum Vitae

Reidar Dittmann

Professor Emeritus of Art History and Norwegian, St. Olaf College

Biographical and Educational Information

January 15, 1922 Born in Tonsberg, Norway
June 1941-1942 Following graduation from the Upper Secondary School, Studied music at Oslo University and Oslo Conservatory of Music.
1940-1945 During German occupation member of the Resistance Movement;Apprehended and deported to Buchenwald Concentration Camp near Weimar in Germany. Released near the end of the war.
1945-1948 Recipient of a St. Olaf College scholarship awarded 'a Norwegian whose studies had been interrupted by wartime activities.' Studied with F. Melius Christiansen and graduated with the degrees B. of Music and B. of Arts. Graduate studies in music composition with Donald Fergusan, Univ. of Minesota
1955-1960 Choral works performed by St. Olaf music organization (the Manitou Singers)
1948-1949 On leave from St. Olaf, instructor and consultant in music and art at the Haile Selassie Secondary School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
1964-1975 Director of International Studies. Developed Semester programs in Europe, the Near East amd the Far East and a Global Semester
1975-1988 Director the St. Olaf Gallery Program
1975 to 1933 Professor of Art History
Graduate Degrees M.A. and Ph.D. both at The University of Washington


1968 Rolf Stenersen's Edvard Munch: Close-Up of a Genius. Translated and Edited. Oslo, Gyldendal
1970 The Educational System of Norway. Washington, DC.
1978 Munch and Ibsen. Northfield, Minnesota
1981 Structures of Influence, Essays on August Strindberg. Contributor. University of North Carolina Press
1982 Eros and Psyche: Strindberg and Munch in the 1890s. Ann Arbor, Michigan
1988 Great Personalities Renaissance to the Present. Contributor. Los Angeles, Salem Press
1990 Witness to the Holocaust. Contributor to a series of essays by concentration camp survivors. Boston, Twayne
1990 International Dictionary of Art and Artists. Principal contributor. London, St. James Press
1994 Edvard Grieg Now. Contributor. St. Olaf College Press
1998 The Work of His Hands. Biography of Surgeon and sculptor Kaare Nygaard by Inge Eidsvag. Translated and edited. St. Olaf College Press

Awards and Lectureships

  Member Phi Beta Kappa
1950 to present Lecturer and panelist throughout Minnesota at Memorial Observations, high school and college workshops on The Holocaust
1968 Minnesota Jewish Community Center and the B'nai Brit award for efforts on behalf of Lutheran-Jewish Relations
1977 Awarded the St. Olav Medal by the King of Norway
1978 National Endowment for the Humanities grant for study with H. W. Janson at the Swiss Institute of Art History, Zurich
1987 Interviewed on Public Television's program Triumph of Memory
1988 The Norway-America Heritage Foundation Lecture Award for lecturing at universities and museums throughout Norway
1984 to the present Visiting lecturer, Oslo International Summer School
1985 to the present Listed in Who is Who in America,Who Is Who in the Midwest, and Who is Who in the Humanities
1991 Included in Selected Gentile Biographies in the National Holocaust Memorial in Washington, DC
1993 Instructor at Holden Village Lutheran Retreat Center in the Cascades of Washington State
1993 Official participant in the Opening of the National Holocaust Memorial in Washington, D.C.
1993-95 Leader of St. Olaf College Continuing Education Elderhostels and travel programs in the United States, Scandinavia, and Italy
2000 Recipient of the first St.Olaf International Studies Award