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Conservation and mediation of personal testimony

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The Utoya-study

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The study of the survivors

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Human costs after the bomb attack in the Government Quarter

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I dream that one day we can put the tragedy behind us, look to the future without feeling that pain again and again. I hope Utøya someday again is full of life and laughter from young people having fun, and that they can know that feeling of solidarity, playing loud music that crosses Tyrifjorden and wakes us up at the campsite 7.30 in the morning with the same song again and again.

Aase Margrethe Juvet / volunteer by Tyrifjorden
Med livet som innsats, 2012
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I wish I had received more help from the municipal crisis team than just a conversation. [...] no one contacted us after the first week. We had to get help on our own, and we feel forgotten by the municipality.

Parent of a survivor from Utøya
Utøya 22. juli – Livet etterpå, 2017
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Of course there are things that affect you. The worst thing would have been if we hadn’t been there, but it’s hard to feel happy about saving lives when there are so many who died.

Oddvar Hansen / volunteer by Tyrifjorden
VG, 22 December 2011
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Why was I one of the lucky ones? The government building complex still stirs painful memories. Something in my body tells me to get out of there. Run.

Eivind Dahl Thoresen / survivor from the government building complex
VG, 21 July 2016
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There is no deadline for regaining your mental health after experiencing terrorism. You cannot set a deadline for how quickly you will recover. You cannot set a deadline for what we have lived through.

Sofie Tømmerås Lyshagen / survivor from Utøya
TV2, 26 June 2018
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I said to Bayan: We have two options. We live or we die. We either get through this and support our other two children who are here with us, or we bury ourselves in grief. We must keep on living for Bano's sake.

Abobakar Rashid Mostafa / father of Bano who was killed on Utøya
KK.no, 19 July 2017
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I have named my scars. ‘The solidarity scar’ and ‘the unity scar’. Those are the most beautiful words I know. These values made me join AUF.

Ina Libak / survivor from Utøya
Aftenposten, 15 May 2012
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Witnesses' accounts as texts and other materials

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I was terrified of dying, but I was lucky. I've thought about it a lot afterwards. That's just the way we humans are – we think that we should have switched places with someone, or that it is unjust that someone else had to die.

Jannike Amalie Sveinsdatter Arnesen / survivor from Utøya
VG, 21. juli 2016
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After 22 July, my engagement has almost become a fundamental part of my identity. What we are fighting for, for democracy and our free society, are some of the most important things in my life. [...] I almost feel obliged on behalf of those who are no longer here to carry on that fight.

Ola B. Pedersen, survivor from Utøya, witness testimony, 22 July Centre, 2017
Witness testimony, 22 July Centre, 2017
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Stories of those we lost

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I know several people who are in and out of psychiatric institutions and who otherwise just stay at home, take drugs or alcohol and cut themselves off from everything. It's very hard to see them. Their lives are hellish.

Survivor from Utøya
Utøya 22. juli – Livet etterpå, 2017
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Video recordings of personal testimony

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We also need to understand it from a political context. If we are unable to understand the political context, we cannot fully understand why it happened, how it happened and the consequences it should or will have. A lack of political debate could also lead to a lack of political priorities. Such as help for survivors.

Tonje Brenna / Minister of education and survivor from Utøya
Uniforum, 7 June 2021
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What is PSTD?

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I chose to become a teacher, teaching older children. To contribute to ensuring that this would never happen again. I did it for Anders, Gunnar, Simon, Johannes and all the others who did not get a chance to grow up. [...] The new curricula make it crystal clear that pupils must be equipped to learn and understand, but it is incredibly difficult to manage the legacy in a positive manner when the politicians fail to lead the way.

Iril Myrvang Gjørv / Lector and survivor from Utøya
VG, 10 February 2021
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Sorrow

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It’s almost paradoxical. That those of us who were attacked for exercising our freedom of speech are constantly forced to respond to how our hard-earned experiences “threaten” other people’s freedom of speech.

Astrid Hoem / AUF leader and survivor from Utøya
We remained silent for a long time. We cannot afford silence, Aftenposten, 2021
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Survival guilt and shame

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22 July is not an ace the Workers’ Youth League keeps up its sleeve. It is the trump card the rest of us can play against them so that we can continue to live under the illusion that everything is just like before.

Snorre Valen / forfatter
The Utøya Card. 2021
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The disaster experts

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Regardless of how uncomfortable it is for the right to discuss 22 July, the alternative is much worse. For far too long, the Workers’ Youth League has stood alone in the face of hatred, threats and conspiracy theories.

Ola Svenneby / Young Conservatives Leader 2021
Two promises to the Workers’ Youth League, Vårt land. 2021
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What do we know about those who where affected after the 22th July?

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I am still tired. But I am done moderating myself. Because I am angry. Furious actually. At a society that has allowed right-wing extremism and Breivik’s mindset more, not less, opportunity to cause harm.

Elin L’Estrange / survivor from Utøya
We tried to speak up in 2011. It was frankly not welcomed. Aftenposten. 14 July 2021
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The life after 22th of July- to get PTSD and become well again

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Of course, the tragedy changes Norway, but it is our choice how Norway is going to change #osloexpl #utoya

@renhag
Twitter / 24 July 2011
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Hi, I am 13 years old and as a Norwegian Muslim I feel like it is my fault. He says he killed everyone because I am here. Should I emigrate to protect Norwegian children in the future? That is how I feel. - Sophia.

Message submitted to online meeting with crisis psychologists at NRK.no.
25 July 2011