The Terrorist

On July 22, 2011, the 32-year-old Norwegian Anders Breivik carried out terrorist attacks in the centre of Oslo and on the nearby Island Utøya – which left 77 murdered, mostly young people. The fury of the terrorist was especially aimed against members of the Social Democratic Party, who asked for more tolerance towards Muslims.

Three days after the attack, I arrived in Oslo and the Norwegians were still in a state of shock. All over the city centre one saw the vast damages of the bombs. To my great astonishment I learnt, that the reigning Norwegian King Harald V. and Crown Prince Haakan had attended the same public elementary school as the terrorist Anders Breivik – the “Smestad Skole” in Oslo. In Norway democratic tradition requires that the upper classes, even the royal family, don´t separate from ordinary people.

In the days after my arrival I took pictures of the “Smestad Skole” and also of the nearby building and surrounding affluent area, where Anders Breivik lived. The terrorist was arrested shortly after the attack and on 24 August 2012, a Norwegian court convicted him to 21 years in prison.

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