Akershusstranda


At the time of the Germans’ attack on Norway in april 1940 there were about 2100 jews in the country (about 1600 norwegian, 200 foreign and 300 stateless). Some managed to escape to Sweden and the UK but the majority remained. At the end of October 1942, the snare was tightened on the remaining jews, a state of emergency was introduced and the head of Norwegian state police Karl Marthinsen sent out an order that all Jews in Norway over 15 years old should be arrested and their property confiscated. Norwegian resistance men had, however, received information about the impending arrests through German contacts, which gave them the opportunity with a few hours to warn the Jews. Those who had time to be warned in time and had the opportunity to escape did so with the help of resistance groups, mainly to Sweden.

Others hid (and managed to stay hidden until the end of the war) but about 770 were arrested and put in camps and prisons. At the end of November 1942, the Nazis began deporting the Jews by boat from the port of Oslo to Hamburg and Stettin and then on by train to Auschwitz. Between november 1942 and february 1943 four transports with 767 jews sailed. The largest transport departed on November 26, when the D/S Donau sailed with about 540 Jews with destination Stettin, which they arrived on November 30. 28 hours later, they arrived by train to Auschwitz, where two-thirds were murdered after arrival, while the others were chosen for slave labour. Of the 767 Jews deported from Norway, just under 30 survived.

Current status: Monument (2011).

Address: Akershusstranda, 0015 Oslo.

Get there: Walk from central Oslo.

My comment:

The monument is located just below Akershus fortress and consists of eight chairs that are spread out on a lawn near the quay from where the Jews were deported. The empty chairs symbolise the absence of the Jews (deportation).

Follow up in books: Gilbert, Martin: The Holocaust: A History of the Jews of Europe During the Second World War (1987).