DJÄVULSONATEN – THE DEVIL’S SONATA
BY LARSMO, OLA
In the spring of 1939, Uppsala’s students gathered in Bollhuset to make a decision in response to the governmental proposal involving the admittance of a dozen of Jewish medical specialists to Sweden. Already before the meeting the matter had been discussed in the papers and no less than 1,500 students turned up to the meeting. Following a marathon debate the right-wingers triumphed over the more liberal students. The carefully planned action which had been orchestrated by a number of politically active students within right-wing organisations, had been successful.
Two years later, Jewish musician Leiba Wolfberg leaves his home in Oslo to escape to Sweden. He manages to cross the border into Värmland unharmed and reports to the State fiscal. After a short interrogation, Wolfsberg is sent back to Norway. In November 1942, he is among the Norwegian Jews deported to the concentration camps in Germany.
With these two stories – one from the inside and one from the outside – Ola Larsmo graphically illustrates the public opinion in Sweden during some of the most dramatic wartime years.
ABOUT THE BOOK
First published by Albert Bonniers Förlag, Sweden, 2007.