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Oslo Jewish Museum shows pre-Holocaust exhibition. The Jewish Museum in Oslo shows how Jews lived their lives before the Holocaust. It comes 70 years after the deportation of the 532 from Oslo harbour to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Two-section exhibition ‘Husk oss til livet' - external link, in Norwegian - (‘Remember us to life’) tells living family stories through photos, collected items, and interviews with people who got away.  Interviews are shown on small screens. The audio is accessible through listening into a cup with a wire.

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Oslo Jewish Museum shows pre-Holocaust exhibition

Published on Thursday, 29th November, 2012 at 08:27 under the news category, by Merethe Ruud.
Last Updated on 29th November 2012 at 11:49.

The Jewish Museum in Oslo shows how Jews lived their lives before the Holocaust. It comes 70 years after the deportation of the 532 from Oslo harbour to Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Memorial stones in pavement outside Jewish Museum Oslo
Memorial stones in pavement outside Jewish Museum Oslo
Photo: ©2012 Merethe Ruud/The Foreigner


Two-section exhibition ‘Husk oss til livet' - external link, in Norwegian - (‘Remember us to life’) tells living family stories through photos, collected items, and interviews with people who got away. 

Interviews are shown on small screens. The audio is accessible through listening into a cup with a wire.

Ruth Sakolsky
Ruth Sakolsky
©2012 Merethe Ruud/The Foreigner
“We've made 21 interviews with people who escaped. The quality is so good the museum and filmmaker Robert Murphy are going to turn these into a documentary film,” says museum historian Mats Tangestuen to The Foreigner.

One part of the exhibition is dedicated to the deportation, the other to the escape. The museum received approximately 5,000 photos gathered from Jewish families since 2004.

Former Conservative Party politician Jo Benkow’s family is one of those mentioned. All of the men escaped but they had to leave the women and children behind, thinking they would be spared. They were not.

The museum also shows the fate of two-year-old Ruth Sakolsky from Tromsø, amongst others, born there in 1940. 

She was deported with her mother on the DS ‘Donau’. Ruth died at Auschwitz.

Her mother made her a combined diary and a photo album. The album is now part of the exhibition. The last photo series is from her second birthday party. 35 empty pages follow.

Ruth Sakolsky's album
Ruth Sakolsky's album
©2012 Merethe Ruud/The Foreigner
Another of the accounts is of former Calmeyers gate resident Ruth Goldstein who lost her brother and father. She survived.

Museum historian Mats Tangesturen explained in closing that, “many of the survivors say they never told their children about what they experienced. Ruth Goldstein put it like this: ‘It's not an attempt to forget, but this is mine’.”

Oslo’s Jewish Museum is situated in Hausmannskvartalet, a then poor neighbourhood. It still is today. 

The museum is generally open on Tuesdays from 10 am to 3 pm, Thursdays from 2 to 7 pm, and Sundays from 11 am to 4 pm only. 

Normally closed Fridays, it is open from 1 to 4 pm tomorrow 30 November because it is the first week of the exhibition, however.

Tickets cost NOK 50 for adults and NOK 40 for children/students and are purchased at the museum.

Address: Calmeyers gate 16 B, 0183 Oslo. (Map).
Phone: +47 22 20 84 00.
E-mail: post@jodiskmuseumoslo.no



Published on Thursday, 29th November, 2012 at 08:27 under the news category, by Merethe Ruud.
Last updated on 29th November 2012 at 11:49.

This post has the following tags: norwayjews, holocaust, oslo, jewishmuseum.





  
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