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The Foreigner Norway state railway Jewish deportations apology ‘strange’. NSB makes an apology regarding their involvement in transporting Norwegian Jews to German concentration camps during the Second World War. Leading Norwegian literary figures are unconvinced, however. “The persecution and deportation of Jews is clearly a dark chapter in Norwegian history for which Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg apologised last year,” NSB’s Åge-Christoffer Lundeby told Dagsavisen. “NSB's participation in this story is also extremely regrettable”, he added.

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Norway state railway Jewish deportations apology ‘strange’

Published on Tuesday, 26th February, 2013 at 16:31 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .

NSB makes an apology regarding their involvement in transporting Norwegian Jews to German concentration camps during the Second World War. Leading Norwegian literary figures are unconvinced, however.



“The persecution and deportation of Jews is clearly a dark chapter in Norwegian history for which Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg apologised last year,” NSB’s Åge-Christoffer Lundeby told Dagsavisen.

“NSB's participation in this story is also extremely regrettable”, he added.

The apology comes exactly three months since then newly appointed director of police Odd Reidar Humlegård’s on behalf of the Norwegian police.

Nazis deported 532 Jews from Oslo harbour in ship the DS Donau’s cargo hold on 26 November 1942 helped by Norwegian police officers.

The Foreigner started by asking Mr Lundeby about the timing of this apology. NSB’s train wagons were used to transport Jews Norwegian police rounded up to Oslo harbour.

Mr Lundeby mentioned that it came following requests from an individual making a play about one of the Jews who died in Auschwitz.

This play is based on the book ‘Ruth Maier’s Diary’ by lyric poet, translator, and author Jan Erik Vold, according to Stavanger-born author Einar O. Risa.

‘Ruth Maier’s Diary’ was released in 2008 by Gyldendal Publishers, subsequently translated by Jamie Bulloch. British Harvill Secker published the English version in May 2009.

Norwegian Jew Ruth Maier was 22 when the Nazis apprehended her that WWII November. Also one of those sent to Germany on the DS Donau, she perished five days later in an Auschwitz gas chamber.

“The Holocaust came to Norway on Thursday 26 November 1942. Ruth Maier was one of the many who were arrested that day. [...] On 26 November, just as the sky was beginning to lighten, the sound of heavy boots could be heard on the stairs of the boarding house “Englehjemmet” in Oslo,” Prime Minister Stoltenberg said as part last year’s speech apologising for Norway’s involvement.

Meanwhile, Einar O. Risa, finds NSB's apology odd.

Referring to the recent public statements of regret about the deportation of Jews from Norway, he remarked to The Foreigner “this apology business is rather weird. You can’t apologise for something you haven’t done.”



Published on Tuesday, 26th February, 2013 at 16:31 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .

This post has the following tags: norwayjews, wwiinorway, holocaust.





  
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