The life of a Holocaust survivor; Marine on St. Croix filmmaker chronicles World War II survivor’s past

By ELLIOT MANN
emann@acnpapers.com

MARINE ON ST. CROIX – While working on a short film about Reidar Dittman, a member of the Norwegian resistance during World War II who eventually immigrated to America and became a professor at St. Olaf College, the hard part for local filmmaker Gayle Knutson wasn’t finding compelling events to highlight.

Rather, it was the opposite.

“You have to take the man’s entire life and bring it down to nine minutes,” Knutson said of her newest film, “Prisoner 32,232,” a short that chronicles Dittman’s early life in Norway and fighting the Nazi movement through Europe. The film’s title refers to the number Dittman was issued when he spent 30 months at the Buchenwald Concentration Camp in the mid-1940s.


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