Back to Buchenwald
One of the strangest intellectual collisions of World War II occurred when 650 random students were arrested at the University of Oslo in 1943 and sent to Germany to be retrained to become a new SS elite. The idea was that they would be able to take over for Quisling when the time came, become Aryan “breeding stallions”, or be sent to the Eastern Front. The first group was sent to an SS training camp in Alsace, the rest to KZ Buchenwald. After six months, the two groups were reunited in Alsace, where it quickly became clear that the experiment had failed. The group of medical students, philologists, and especially law students developed an internal solidarity and democracy that stood up against all attempts of retraining. When they also went on strike against military service, they were sent on a march back to Buchenwald, through a Germany on the brink of collapse. In Buchenwald, against all odds, they were saved by the solidarity of other prisoners, and ultimately by the The White Buses.