Artifact of the month for October 2015

Driving license
Isak Meyer Bersohn (1902 - 1943)

Isak Meyer Bersohn was born in Oslo in 1902 as the eldest son of David Heimann Bersohn (b.1863 in Lithuania) and Rosa (b. Friedlander). After completing theoretical and practical horticulture school he became a trained gardener. The family eventually moved to Jevnaker where his father David ran a textile shop. His mother Rosa was from the late 1920s admitted to a psychiatric home. She was for unknown reasons not registered as a Jew and died on Ingeborgrud in Nes municipality in 1946. Isak, his brother Markus (b.1904) and David were all arrested on the 26th of October 1942 and sent to Berg via Bredtveit. Exactly one month later they were deported to Auschwitz. All were killed.
The driver card for Isak Bersohn has number 5656 and was issued by the West Bank police chamber on 12 October 1933. It is a gift to the museum by Rolf Theil, who even found the driver card when he was going to rehabilitate his house at Jevnaker. It had obviously been placed in a crack in the wall, most likely by Isak Bersohn himself, in advance of the arrest on October 26, 1942.
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