To come home to peace?
Lecture by Berit Reisel
This year it is 70 years since the liberation of Norway. The Jews who had managed to flee to Sweden returned in the summer of 1945. Together with the few survivors from the camps they came home to a country that was in peace.
Berit Reisel will focus on the situation the Jewish minority found in spring 1945. Many Norwegians had experienced losses during the war, but in the little Jewish community everyone was hit hard. What meant peace for them? What did they expect here at home? In the homes of Jews, strangers often lived, and most of their possessions were lost or sold. It was difficult to find both work and housing. Many family victims were killed.
Rudy Claes will read a text written by her aunt Sonja Claes in 1942.
November 26 is the date of the greatest deportation of Jews from Norway. Every year, the Jewish Museum in Oslo has an event to remind this part of Norwegian history.
Berit Reisel is an educated clinical psychologist. In the late 1990s, she and Bjarte Bruland had a decisive role for the outcome of the state recovery decision to the Norwegian Jews. This led, among other things, to the allocation of funds for the establishment of the HL Center, where Reisel has also served as chairman.