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High-profile Norway Jewish politician and anti-Semitism fighter deceased. Jo Benkow, former Parliamentary President and Conservative (H) politician passes aged 88. Josef Elias Benkow, born 1924 in Norway’s Trondheim, was constantly engaged in the fight on anti-Semitism. He fled to Sweden with his brother and father during WWII. The women of his family left behind were deported in 1942 and gassed at Auschwitz.

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High-profile Norway Jewish politician and anti-Semitism fighter deceased

Published on Saturday, 18th May, 2013 at 18:09 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 22nd May 2013 at 15:36.

Jo Benkow, former Parliamentary President and Conservative (H) politician passes aged 88.

Josef Elias Benkow (1924-2013)
Mr Benkow was the first Jewish MP to elected to Norway's ParliamentJosef Elias Benkow (1924-2013)
Photo: ©2009 Kjetil Ree/Wikimedia Commons


Josef Elias Benkow, born 1924 in Norway’s Trondheim, was constantly engaged in the fight on anti-Semitism.

He fled to Sweden with his brother and father during WWII. The women of his family left behind were deported in 1942 and gassed at Auschwitz.

In 1965, Jo Benkow was elected MP, then becoming Conservative Party leader between 1980 and 1984. He served two terms as President of the Parliament for eight years between 1985 and 1993.

“[Jo] Benkow was an open-minded and distinctly national politician who not least will be remembered for his commitment towards tolerance and against discrimination and prejudice,” says Dag Terje Andersen, President of the Parliament in a statement.

“His work opposing anti-Semitism was of great importance. As Parliamentary President, he contributed to strengthening Parliament's role and reputation. My thoughts are now with his family, especially his wife Annelise Høegh. An important voice in the public debate is silenced by Mr Benkow’s passing,” Mr Andersen adds.

Mr Benkow passed peacefully at Oslo’s Diakonhjemmet Hospital during the night between Friday and Saturday with his wife at his side.

He will be buried at the Østre Gravlund Jewish cemetery located in Oslo’s Helsfyr district on Wednesday this week, reports NRK.

“We remember Jo Benkow with pride,” Conservative leader Erna Solberg says in a statement. “We will miss him deeply. Today we share our grief with his family and his beloved Annelise.”




Published on Saturday, 18th May, 2013 at 18:09 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 22nd May 2013 at 15:36.

This post has the following tags: anti-semitismnorway, jobenkowdeceased.





  
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