In my previous post, I spoke about the November 14 program at George Washington University with Irene Levin Berman, author of “We are going to pick potatoes”: Norway and the Holocaust, the Untold Story. After my welcome, I introduced Linken Nymann Berryman, Counselor for Press and Culture, at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Washington, DC. The text of her talk follows:
On behalf of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Washington, thank you all for joining us for this very important event. As we will learn this evening, the story of Norway and the Holocaust marks a very dark and very difficult chapter in our nation’s history. The Nazis confiscated all property owned by Jewish people in Norway. During the course of the war, 772 Norwegian Jews and Jewish refugees were arrested and deported. Only 34 survived.
This is a subject that Ambassador, Wegger Strommen, cares passionately about. In the late 1990s, Ambassador Strommen played a key role in the Norwegian government’s decision to pay restitution collectively and individually, for the economic liquidation of Jewish assets. By so doing Norway accepted moral responsibility for the crimes committed against Norwegian Jews during the Second World War.
Ambassador Strommen regrets that he is unable to join us as he is traveling with visiting [Norwegian Government] Ministers in Texas, but he has, with the help of Dr. Walter Reich, prepared a video in which he shares his thoughts regarding both the Holocaust in Norway and the state of anti-Semitism in Europe today.
Dr. Reich is the Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Professor of International Affairs, Ethics and Human Behavior, and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, here at The George Washington University. He is also a former Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and has written and lectured widely on the Holocaust and genocide. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the topic, and recently edited the forthcoming title, Escape from the Holocaust: The Fate of Jews in Finland During World War II.
Here to properly introduce the video message, please allow me, and help me, welcome Dr. Walter Reich.
Regrettably I don’t have Dr. Reich’s remarks, but I can say he is a “mensch.” He volunteered to interview the Ambassador because he is a long admirer and because of his deep interest in the subject. The video interview speaks for itself: Interview with Ambassador Wegger Chr. Strommen and Dr. Walter Reich OR TRY THIS