The Teachers’ Protest tells the untold story of 1,100 Norwegian teachers who resisted Nazi oppression during the Second World War.  The screening will take place on 27 September 2019 from 1800-2030 at Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London, WC1H 9BD. This film has been part funded by the NEU and the Union of Education Norway.

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Speakers include: Mary Bousted (joint general secretary, NEU), Jon Seal (director, The Teachers’ Protest), Haldis Holst (deputy general secretary, Education International), Steffen Handal (president, Union of Education Norway). 

The documentary charts the Nazi’s attempts to impose a barbaric curriculum and force teachers to join the Nazi Teachers’ League. Refusing to bow, over 1,000 teachers were arrested and sent to treacherous prison camps in the far north of Norway – 300 miles above the Arctic Circle.

Remarkably, this is the first time that the story has been told; the documentary’s director uncovered the heroic actions of the teachers in a tucked away exhibition in an Oslo museum. Powerfully, the documentary also utilises animations of the artwork of Herløv Åmland, a prisoner who recorded daily life in the camps in sketches.

Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said: 

“The screening of The Teachers’ Protest serves as a reminder of the injurious conditions under which many teachers and children around the world have and to work and learn under and how for far too many that remains the case. The remarkable heroism of the Norwegian teachers featured in this documentary serves as great inspiration to all of us who are fighting for the rights of teachers and children.

Jon Seal, Director of The Teachers’ Protest, said:

“I was a teacher, but had worked in Norway in my teens. When I returned to Norway, I went to the Resistance Museum in Oslo and uncovered a small exhibition about this story. It was incredibly powerful and I couldn’t believe that their heroism was not widely known. This motivated me to produce the documentary”.

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