Days 2.-4. Next June, the Nordia 2023 collector’s exhibition will be held at Ásgard in Garðabær. Nordia is an exhibition that the Nordic countries take turns hosting. In this country, it was held for the last time in 2018. Initially, Nordia was dedicated to stamps and was a platform for stamp collectors. However, the exhibition has gradually undergone changes, and now you can see historical items from various sources.
In addition to stamps, this year’s exhibition will include a unique collection of Icelandic banknotes, private coins, stocks, commemorative coins, words of honor, items related to national hero Jón Sigurðsson and related to the duel between Robert Fischer and Boris Spassky for the world chess championship held in Iceland in 1972. and has been called the duel of the century.
Images of actors who were the main stars of their time, words and thanks from World War I and World War II, items from royal visits to Iceland and items from Iceland’s police history will also be presented.
The exhibition will also feature rarely seen items related to the activities of the Icelandic National Party. The party was active in Iceland in the 1940s. It supported the policies of Adolf Hitler and the German Nazi Party and was interested in the rise of Nazism in that country.
The party ran in parliamentary and local elections, but received the most support at three percent. Party members often marched around Reykjavík, dressed in uniforms, with flags, held meetings and staged fights with the communists.
After the British occupation of Iceland in 1940, the party largely ceased operations. British military intelligence focused on finding data related to party activities in order to create a register of members. Party members left after the secret occupation with their party membership officially closed in 1944 when it was clear that Germany would lose the war in Europe.
Items related to the activities of this movement and the Icelandic Nazis in general are very rarely seen, but it is believed that many former party members threw these items away when it became clear how World War II would end.
Among the objects related to the work of the Icelandic National Party that will be displayed are the only certificate of a party member found, the party seal, a swastika with the inscription Iceland all, a badge, propaganda posters distributed by the party, cards sold to raise funds, a kind of swastika badge and many other things.
Members of the Icelandic Nationalist Party
“Part of Icelandic History”
The owner of the objects related to the work of the Icelandic National Party and which will be exhibited at the Nordia exhibition does not wish to be named. Gísli Geir Harðarson, chairman of the exhibition committee, said in an interview with DV that the collector is very interested in history and in collecting all kinds of historical objects, not only those related to the work of movements such as than the Icelandic Nationalist Party.
Gísli says the main reason the collector doesn’t want to be named is that he’s afraid of possible backlash for collecting such controversial items and that he’ll receive opinions that he doesn’t. not at all.
When asked, Gísli says there was a great desire to have as many different things as possible at the exhibition. This played a role in being asked to show those elements related to the work of the Icelandic National Party.
DV asked Gísla if the exhibition committee were concerned that the exhibition of such objects would be controversial, especially in light of the fact that in recent seasons voices have become louder in many parts of the world than It is necessary to go as far as possible to erase elements and other signs of policies like Nazism.
Gísli said things like these “are part of Icelandic history. Adhering to demands that anything related to policies like Nazism be wiped out would not help prevent such phenomena from happening again.
Below you can see images of some of the things that will be on display.
The part of the class certificate that will be exhibited
Cards sold by the party for fundraising purposes
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