Bjørn Petter Westlie (born 23 July 1949) is a Norwegian journalist, historian, university college lecturer and non-fiction writer.
In 1995, as a journalist for the newspaper Dagens Næringsliv, Westlie published a major article about the looting of the Norwegian Jews during the Second World War. In many cases the survivors were not able to reclaim any valuables, businesses or properties.
In most of his books Westlie has focused on the Second World War. Maktens ansikt (The Face of Power) from 1991 is a portrait of Milorg leader and later politician Jens Chr. Hauge. In 2002 he published Oppgjør: I skyggen av Holocaust (Revisitation - In the Shadow of Holocaust). Fars krig (My Father’s War) from 2008 told the story about his father, who was a SS volunteer. This book received the Brage Prize and is also translated to Ukrainian (2015). His latest book, Fangene som forsvant. NSB og slavearbeiderne på Nordlandsbanen (The disappeared prisoners. NSB (Norwegian State Railways) and the slave labourers on the Nordland Line) came in 2015.
In about ten years, from 1974 and onward, Bjørn Westlie was a member of the Workers' Communist Party. In interviews he has described his activism mainly as a reaction to the Vietnam War. According to himself, Westlie has repeatedly been rethinking his own embracement of extreme political movements when trying to decipher his father’s choices.
- 1988: I grenselandet: når forskning flytter grensen mellom liv og død., Universitetsforlaget
- 1991: Maktens ansikt: et portrett av Jens Chr. Hauge – with Alf Ole Ask, Gyldendal
- 1995: Drømmen om det perfekte mennesket. Fra arvehygiene til genhygiene, Gyldendal
- 1996: Coming to terms with the past: The process of restitution of Jewish property in Norway, Institute of the World Jewish Congress
- 2002: Oppgjør – I skyggen av Holocaust, Aschehoug
- 2008: Fars krig, Aschehoug
- 2012: Hitlers norske budbringere, Aschehoug
- 2015: Fangene som forsvant. NSB og slavearbeiderne på Nordlandsbanen, Spartacus
|Recipient of the Brage Prize for prose
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