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Free DVDs about the Marshall Plan in Norway

February 24, 2014
Free DVD: “The Marshall Plan – New hope for Norway and Europe”

Free DVD: “The Marshall Plan – New hope for Norway and Europe”

The U.S. Embassy is giving away free DVDs to schools and others: “The Marshall Plan – New hope for Norway and Europe”. Please send an e-mail to osloIRC@state.gov if you wish to receive one.

NOTE: only eligible for people in Norway

About the documentary:

In December 1953, George C. Marshal, the U.S. Secretary of State, traveled to Oslo to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Marshall was honored with this prestigious award for the plan that carried his name.

The Marshall Plan, an initiative to rebuild war-torn Europe, was first presented by George C. Marshall at a speech at Harvard University in 1947. The plan was approved by the U.S. Congress in 1948.

This documentary focuses on how Norway, a damaged and poor nation following World War II, was rebuilt with the help of the Marshall Plan. By the time the plan had come to completion in 1952, the economy of every participating nation, with the exception of Germany, had grown well past pre-war levels.

The aid that Norway and Europe received through the Marshall Plan was not without political controversy. Russia's decision not to participate in the Marshall Plan ultimately led to Europe splitting into two major blocks, the East and the West, and the development of NATO. These differences resulted in the Cold War, which lasted from 1948 to the early 1990s, and was marked by the first major conflict, the Berlin Crisis, when Russia built a wall that separated Germany into East and West.

Includes material from the National Film Archives in Washington, D.C., Norwegian film archives, and national archives from Germany.