Swedish communism in print, 1917–45

Spring 2017

The deadliest terrorist attack in recent Swedish history took place in the printing room of the communist daily Norrskensflamman during the night of 2 March 1940. Five second lieutenants let themselves in with a key that had been confiscated during a police raid and planted explosives in the press. The blast burnt the building to the ground, killing the paper’s finance officer, his wife and daughter, and the wife and son of another employee, all residing in flats above. But even while rocked by the immediate aftershock, the editors refused to be beaten. They published a stencilled issue the next morning in the print works of a local socialist paper: a one-page statement that denounced the attack as a ‘political atrocity’ and proclaimed the paper’s determination ‘not to be silenced’.

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Twentieth Century Communism Journal Issue 12: Communism and the written word