Bumbuatsóknin móti løgtingshúsinum í 1945: hendingin, kanningin og samanhangurin

Translated title of the contribution: The bombattack against the Faroese Parliament building in 1945: act, investigation, and contexty

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Abstract

Just before 1 am on September 18th, 1945, a bomb exploded
outside the Faroese parliament building, and caused a lot of damage.
The explosion could be heard around the city, panes smashed at houses
in the surroundings, and it caused damage to the parliament, especially
outside, and many panes on the western side splintered. A hole, 130
centimetre wide and 35 centimetre deep, was at the north-western
corner of the building, where the bomb exploded. Four Social Democrats
had earlier, until around 12 pm, – approximately an hour before
the bomb exploded – been in the building, where they had a meeting
in the party’s chamber in the house.
Something has been said and guessed about this explosion, who
might have put the bomb there, and with what intention, but no one
has analysed the source material that this event has left behind. In
this book the historical context will be described, the source material
will be examined, and an attempt will be made to describe the event
as accurately as possible based on the preserved source material. The
question is if it was an organized political attack or if it was an act a singular person or persons. In greater context the question is what
significance the bomb attack against the parliament building has in
the political history of the Faroe Islands. Official material, newspapers,
and the parliament records, will be utilized to describe the Faroese
political context, while the newspapers and source material from the
Police Officer´s Office, who conducted extensive research related to
the event, will be used to describe the tangible bomb explosion.
The conclusion is that the attack on the parliament building is an
isolated act under the politically turbulent years under and immediately
after the war, which hardly had lasting impact on the Faroese political
history. The person or persons behind the bomb are not revealed, but
some main suspects are most likely excluded.
Translated title of the contributionThe bombattack against the Faroese Parliament building in 1945: act, investigation, and contexty
Original languageFaroese
Place of PublicationTórshavn
PublisherFróðskapur
Number of pages197
ISBN (Print)978-99972-55-16-7
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sep 2022

Keywords

  • politics
  • bombattack
  • parliament
  • Faroe Islands

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