Nei til atomvåpen (1979–1986)

NTA1 Unkempt notes: In the years 1979–1986 I was very much involved in the Norwegian movement for nuclear disarmament (Nei til atomvåpen). A few articles which I wrote at that time, may have some historical interest.


A short article in French in Alternatives Non-Violentes, 1982:

A short article in German in Vorgänge. Zeitschrift für Bürgerrechte und Gesellschaftspolitik, 1, 1985:

A few articles in Norwegian:

An article in Norwegian on the new peace movement which I wrote for Ingvar Botnen et al.: Fakta om krig og fred. Oslo 1983:

The origin of the symbol/logo of Nei til atomvåpen:

Eit møte i Berlin 1983 (accessible only for Norwegian IP addresses):

Sloppy journalism AD 2014 – a correction about the 1992 peace march to Minsk:

A Master thesis in history:

A book about the Norwegian debate in 1979 and the launching of the new movement for nuclear disarmament (accessible only for Norwegian IP addresses):

An important history of movements for nuclear disarmament after 1970:

Lawrence S. Wittner: Toward Nuclear Abolition. A History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement, 1971-Present. Stanford University Press 2003. ISBN  9780804748629

Another important history:

April Carter: Peace Movements : International Protest and World Politics Since 1945. London and New York 1992. ISBN 0-582-02774-8

The European Nuclear Disarmament Appeal for a nuclear free Europe was issued in April 1980 and circulated by the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation. The main authors were E. P. Thompson, Mary Kaldor, Dan Smith and Ken Coates. The appeal  was launched at a press conference in the House of Commons. 12–14 September the END activist conference was organised in London in the Pax Christi office. It was a small meeting with participants from Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, West Germany, Great Britain, Ireland and Norway. It was the first international meeting after the publication of the appeal. Later came the large END Conventions (1982–1991). There are few photographs from the meeting. I therefore publish a few of mine. The woman to the right is Peggy Duff, who died of cancer a few months later. In the second photograph, she is standing next to Bruce Kent. The young man’s first name was Konrad.

© All photographs Jon Grepstad

In 1981 the International Peace Communication and Coordination Centre (IPCC) was established to facilitate communication and debate among the independent West European movements for nuclear disarmament. It was run by the IKV (Inter Church Peace Council) in the Hague. IPCC made no decisions but organised meetings twice a year and issued a newsletter. One of the early meetings was in Paris in September 1982. The meeting was also attended by Randy Kehler  from the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign in the US, whom I already knew from  the pacifist peace movement in the 1970s. The photograph below is from the Paris meeting.

© Jon Grepstad