Home. Gone. The Jews from Trondheim

How did the first Jews support themselves when they came to Norway?
How was Jewish daily life in Trondheim before the Second World War?
What happened to the Jews from Trondheim during the Second World War?

The history of the Jews in Norway is short compared to other European countries because Jews did not settle in the country until 1851. The first Jews in Trondheim came to the town around the 1880s. A rich Jewish social and religious community grew, and they actively participated in sports, the cultural scene and societal debates. Integration into the new country had come a long way when catastrophe struck in 1940. The German occupation of Norway led to a series of discriminatory anti-Jewish measures, and later to the deportation and annihilation of the Jewish population of Trondheim.

With peace came the terrible truth that almost none of those who were deported were coming back. Post-war times were tough for the Norwegian Jews who survived. Jewish life was slowly built up again.

The educational programme “Home. Gone. The Jews from Trondheim” will give pupils an introduction to the history of the Jews from Trondheim and what happened in the city during the Second World War. By exploring the exhibition “Home. Gone. Holocaust in Trondheim” and the app “Home. Gone”, pupils will gain knowledge of Norwegian-Jewish history. The history is told through individuals and family histories. By doing this, the Jewish history becomes more concrete and alive. Pupils will also gain first-hand experience of historical source material which gives an insight into Norwegian war history.