The Secret Concentration Camp Diary of Odd Nansen; Fridtjof Nansen
With us in 2018
Hailed by The New Yorker as among the most compelling documents to come out of the war, From Day to Day is a World War II concentration camp diary, one of only a handful ever translated into English secretly written by Odd Nansen, a Norwegian political prisoner. Arrested in January 1942, Nansen, son of polar explorer and humanitarian Fridtjof Nansen was held captive for the duration of the war in various Nazi camps in Norway and Germany.
Nansen's diary entries detail his longing for his wife and family, his constantly frustrated hopes for release, and his horror at the especially barbaric treatment reserved for the Jews. The diary brilliantly illuminates Nansen's daily struggle, not only to survive, but to preserve his sanity and maintain his humanity in a world engulfed by fear and hate.
Fridtjof Nansen (1861 to 1930), accomplished more in 68 years than most people could accomplish in three lifetimes. Athlete, scientist, polar explorer, statesman, and humanitarian, he was one of the most famous citizens Norway ever produced. In fact, he was voted the man of the century in a 2001 readers poll in that country.
Timothy Boyce will discuss Fridtjof Nansen's remarkable life and varied achievements, focusing primarily on his 1893 attempt to reach the North Pole, and his later humanitarian undertakings, which earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1922.
Timothy Boyce practiced law, most recently serving as the Managing Partner of the Charlotte, NC office of Dechert LLP. He retired in 2014 to devote full time to writing.
Tim holds an MBA from The Wharton School of Finance, and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He received a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.