The cities were worst off

In was particularly critical in the cities when there was nothing to buy in the shops. The growing of potatoes, Swedish turnips and carrots became a usual activity for anyone who had a small garden patch available. The municipalities distributed allotments in parks and outlaying fields, and beautiful rose beds were replaced with useful potato fields. In the NTB war archive you can see several photos with extensive captions that show how people used their imagination and how the shortage made an impact on how people organized themselves.

 

Food of weed and paper clothes

The natural resources were exploited to the fullest. The picking of berries gave important vitamin supplements during the winter months, even though the jam was very sour due to the lack of sugar. In the NS women’s organization’s archive, there are lots of recipes, tips and advice for housewives regarding cooking, sewing and the exploitation of the available resources. This goes especially for the archive series ”Heim og ætt”, the magazine of the women’s organization. The editorial office received tips on the use of wild plants such as goutweed, thistle and wild caraway in dishes and horse chestnut as soap. The use of newspapers for sewing is another example.

 

Villa pigs

Having rabbits, hens and pigs became usual in the cities even though the space was limited and the access to fodder was poor. In the Reichskommissariat’s archive there are regulations regarding having so-called “villa pigs”. In this archive you can also find recipes for emergency food and assessments of opportunities to increase resource utilization of alternative production methods.

Relevant archives in Arkivportalen

PA-0769 NS-kvinneorganisasjon/Fk Heim og ætt  

PA-1209 NTBs krigsarkiv Ue  the boxes 99-101

RAFA-2174 Reichskommissariat/Ecf Abteilung ernärung und landwirtschaft