Historical Facts about the Jews in Norway:


In 1942 there were 2,000 Jews living in Norway.  Out of this group close to 500 had come to Norway in the thirties from Germany and other Eastern European countries trying to find a safe “Haven” in this little country in the North against the disturbing events that were unfolding as a result of Hitler’s ascent to power.

771 Norwegian Jews were deported to the Nazi’s annihilation camps in Germany during the war.  Only 28 men survived.  230 Norwegian Jewish families perished.

Today there are approximately 1500 Jews in Norway, living for the most part in Oslo and Trondheim.

There are two synagogues in Norway, one in Oslo (pictured above) and one in Trondheim. Both these cities also feature their own Jewish museum.  In 2008 a Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies was opened in Oslo.  Ironically it is located at Villa Grande, the headquarters used by the infamous Nazi collaborator Vidkun Quisling during World War II.





Irene's uncle, Dr. Arnold Selikowitz, an orthodox Norwegian Jew, photographed laying tefillin, i.e. binding the traditional leather straps to his arms, as he did every day. This is a daily Jewish symbol from the medieval times which serves as a reminder that God is always above them. When he was done with this task, uncle Nolt went skiing in the mountains of Norway!