Saturday 26 November marks 80 years since the DS Donau set course for Germany with 529 Norwegian Jews on board. In total, 773 Jews were sent from Norway to extermination during the Second World War. Only 34 of them survived the holocaust.
The memorial at Akershuskaia was erected in 2000 and consists of eight ordinary steel dining chairs. They are placed both together and separately, and represent both families, couples and those who were alone. The chairs resemble ordinary cane chairs that were common in Norwegian homes in the 1940s, but they lack seats.
The National Antiquities’ preservation of the deportation monument is done in collaboration with the Mosaic Community, the Jewish Museum, Oslo Municipality and the state agency Art in the Public (KORO), and is part of the National Antiquities’ investment in Jewish cultural monuments.
At the actual conservation marking on Thursday, State Secretary Alexander Øren Heen from the Ministry of Climate and Environment, national antiquarian Hanna Geiran, Oslo’s mayor Marianne Borgen, superintendent Ervin Kohn in Det mosaiske trossamfunn and director Sigurd Sandmo from KORO were present.
Out of respect for the Sabbath on Saturday, the preservation marking was carried out on Thursday, together with the other marking. Later on Thursday afternoon, a commemoration will also take place in Oslo City Hall consisting of cultural features, speeches and a panel discussion. Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (Ap) and Rabbi Michael Melchior speak. The program is otherwise a mixture of cultural features, speeches and conversations.
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