Crown Princess Mette-Marit Attends Commemoration of WWII Jewish Deportation

  November 26, 2017 at 2:40 pm by

Norway’s Crown Princess Mette-Marit was present for a special commemoration at the University Aula in Oslo on Sunday that was held to mark the 75th anniversary of the deportation of 529 Jews from Norway during the Nazi occupation of the country at the height of World War Two.

The Crown Princess sat with Prime Minister Erna Solberg during the event, where they listened to the tale of survival of two Norwegian Jews, Gerd Golombek and Leif Grusd, who were both 12 in 1942 when they fled to the safety of neutral Sweden. Mrs Golombek said that it was important to mark the day because “no one should forget that it has happened” and that it was “a great way to say thank you to all those who risked their lives – over and over again.”

On November 26, 1942 the SS Donau left Oslo with 529 Jews on board, bound for Stettin, Poland where the prisoners then boarded cargo trains and were transported to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. This was the largest single movement of Jews out of Norway – in total, 773 Jews were deported, of whom only 38 survived.

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One Response to Crown Princess Mette-Marit Attends Commemoration of WWII Jewish Deportation

  1. Lowell Blackman says:

    The shame of this, and the sad omission, is how deeply involved the Norwegian Quisling government was with this whole episode.

    Anti-Jewish laws in Norway rivaled the Nazi Nuremberg laws and although there was a resistance movement, the pro-Nazi government was strong and popular.

    Does any schoolchild in Norway know the story of Herman Sachnowitz, the Norwegian Jew who lost six siblings and survived, possibly, because, when they were all deported, he took his trumpet and played for his life, talented as he was.

    The dockworkers in Narvik enthusiastically loaded ships bound for Germany laden with Swedish iron ore along with activity in Bergen and Oslo to aid the Nazi war machine.

    It is the least Norway could do to show some contrition (given the fact how they help fund every other anti-Israel project and UN measure).

    Thank you, Crown Princess.

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