The message to reporters in the outside world: ”Du behöver komma till Utöya. Det är döda barn överallt.” Den meningen glömmer jag aldrig.
( I never forget that sentence.)
- SVT's Carina Bergfeldt last year, on the Fifth Anniversary
”Du behöver komma till Utöya. Det är döda barn överallt.” @carinabergfeldt krönika 5 år efter massakern: #svtnyheter https://t.co/OXjzhUm2bG— SVT Nyheter (@svtnyheter) July 22, 2016
On July 22nd, 2011, even before the TV news cameras and helicopters of the world arrived, there was already an idea in Stockholm at Aftonbladet of how terrible it truly was.
And they printed it. And I copied it because it was one of the few things I could share with friends about how bad everything was, when rumors were flying abut how many people might've been behind the twin attacks.
Six years later, the words linger in my mind:
”Ring inte ön"”
Do not call the island on your mobile as fake cop re-loading gun in search of children to shoot, is listening for rings from phones.
(Ambulances won't arrive if shooting is happening.)
- Jeg overlevde, 77 andre gjorde det ikke. https://t.co/xAehdeDBn8— Dagbladet Meninger (@dbmeninger) July 21, 2017
Avistegningen som fikk Stoltenberg til å miste kontrollenhttps://t.co/d0CwIb85pz pic.twitter.com/2QtYhWURq4— NRKØstlandssendingen (@NRKOstland) July 22, 2017
The Roar Hagen drawing in Verdens Gang (VG) that hit Jens Stoltenberg so hard...
6års minne. pic.twitter.com/mHFL8JeaXM— Roar Hagen (@roarhagen) July 22, 2017
Jens' spesielle minne. Tre jenter smiler på bildet med tidligere Ap-leder #JensStoltenberg, via @Sighrene #Dagbladethttps://t.co/5o7UYUttDF— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) July 22, 2017
«Paradise»-Sofie blogger om Utøya-minner: Vil hjelpe andre snakke om vanskelige temaer https://t.co/OZQ8sBghmL— VG (@vgnett) July 22, 2017
This film is honest and heartbreaking in so many ways that few films you've ever seen in your life can be, because you know as you watch it and get a sense of what daily life was like at this idyllic Norwegian island camp during the summer, that so many of the very bright and politically-ambitious teenagers and twenty-somethings you will see here, smiling and laughing, never got off the island alive.
This film proves a level of understanding that simply reading endless news stories and analyses can't hope to provide.
"Terror Island" Documentary about the attacks on Oslo and Utoya 22/7 (eng sub) from Tommy Gulliksen on Vimeo.
"Terror Island" - Documentary about the attacks on Oslo and Utoya 22/7 (English subtitles) https://vimeo.com/27616588
1/ Trying hard not to think too much abt Saturday being the 6th Anniversary of the #Utøya Massacre and the #Oslo bombing. 🇳🇴— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) July 18, 2017
2/ MT @Dezeen - #Norway scraps plans for controversial memorial near site of 2011 #Utøya #terrorism attack: https://t.co/rROGjscyAC— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) July 18, 2017
3/ #Norway🇳🇴 embroiled in row over move to scrap #Utøya memorial. New monument to be near #Utøykaia ferry area. https://t.co/brRIUQBC9I— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) July 18, 2017
4/ ".@Aftenposten believes: July 22 memorials should not be designed by politicians and bureaucrats." https://t.co/odVSGZHstJ#minnestedene— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) July 18, 2017
5/ #Utøya - Artist/straight-shooter #SiljeHeggren in @btno - "Unworthy process around memorial sites after 22 July." https://t.co/jVtY6jVmXp— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) July 18, 2017
6/ #Utoya - #SiljeHeggren: "The task is to honor the victims and heroes, and to get the community to remember, reflect on and discuss the— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) July 18, 2017
7/ traumatic events. How anyone can think that a vacuous place can initiate these processes, is to me incomprehensible." #Utoya #Norway🇳🇴— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) July 18, 2017
Sissel Kyrkjebø - Til ungdommen (Live Minnesceremoni Oslo 2011)
8/ In 2011, #SisselKyrkjebø's sublime perf. of "To Youth" ended #Oslo/#Utoya memorial that was full of heartache & 😢 https://t.co/tf2zK8MPMv— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) July 19, 2017
Bjørn Eidsvåg - Eg ser (Live Minnesceremoni Oslo 2011)
9/ The powerful/beautiful and hauntingly sad voice of Bjørn Eidsvåg - Eg ser (Live Minnesceremoni #Oslo/#Utoya 2011) https://t.co/OysTjgS9qK— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) July 19, 2017
Karpe Diem m/ Kork - "Tusen Tegninger" fra Nasjonal minneseremoni 22.07.2011
10/ Powerful #KarpeDiem perf. of "Tusen Tegninger" w/@nrkKORK & @TracesGospel that put lump in my throat -& many 😢. https://t.co/GJLnVt2Bmw— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) July 19, 2017
I wrote many contemporaneous blog posts on the horrors of the #Utøya Massacre and the #Oslo bombing, as well as the subsequent nationally-televised memorial ceremonies one month later and in the years since.
Please check the blog's archives for those posts, being sure to use the search terms Utøya, Oslo and minneseremoni