This article examines the biography of a dual-heritage descendant of a Norwegian settler and indigenous Sámi on the Kola Peninsula in north-west Russia, whose parents became victims of Stalin’s terror. Analysing personal experience with oral history methods reveals that the protagonists were trying to shape actively their own and their fellows’ fates. This challenges the common script of passive victims within a totalitarian state. The narrator’s emphasis on agency as well as her humanising of state representatives are discussed as ways of giving meaning to her family’s history and strategies for coping with traumatic childhood events.
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
|MoEC publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|
Field of science
- History and archaeology
- Social anthropology