30 March 2020

A possibility to have a look into life history of Jews in Latvia and Norway


On October 13, in the Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum with Norwegian financial support an exhibition “Ebreji Norvēģijā un Latvijā. Negaidītās krustceles” was opened. With photos from personal archives and texts, the exhibition illustrates history of Jews in Europe telling about immigrant Jews who arrived in Norway in the period between 1851 and the Second World War.

The exhibition illustrates life stories of Jews, their religious life, the ways they earned for living, culture, pursuance and murders of Norwegian Jews, as well as the first and the second wave of migration (1852–1920).

The opening was organized together with a seminar about the Jews’ history in Latvia and Norway. It was chaired by the Director of the Oslo Jewish Museum Dr. Sidsel Levin who disclosed to new researchers and students of the University of Latvia previously unknown historic topics about these countries and offered themes for future researches and cooperation between the University of Latvia, Oslo Jewish Museum and other Norwegian organizations. The aim of this lecture was also to stimulate the intercultural dialogue and tolerance among new science and culture employees.

The exhibition was opened in Oslo Jewish Museum in 2001. After that, a travelling exhibition was made available in 90 Norwegian national libraries. In January 2003, the biggest exhibition in English was opened in the Scandinavia House in New York, later it travelled around the USA and Canada visiting nine Jewish and Norwegian-American museums and culture centres. Similar exhibition in 2009 was showed in Beit Hatfutsot, Tel Aviv.

The period of implementation of the project “450 gadus kopā. Ebreju kultūra Latvijas vidē - māksla, mūzika, izglītība” (No EEZLV04/GSKA/2013/02) is from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015. The project is being implemented with 65,677 euros contribution from the Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norwegian financial mechanisms. Total costs of the project are 89,117 euros, national co-financing is 11,590 euro, co-financing of the society “Shamir” – 11,850 euros.

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