Historian believes that the Holocaust in Norway started earlier than the Donau transport

The German ship Donau took 530 Norwegian Jews to the concentration camps. The picture is from the quay Amerikalinjens kai, taken as the boat left Oslo. The Jews were driven to the port of Oslo by taxis, railway wagons and trucks. The men came in railway wagons from Berg prison camp outside Tønsberg, where they had been for approximately one month. Women and children were taken in taxis. 767 were deported. Only 30 survived. Compared to other countries, such as Denmark, few Jews were rescued in Norway. Photo: Georg W. Fossum / NTB

The genocide of Jew people in Norway did not begin with the transport of the Donau in 1942, but with the confiscation of Jewish property, according to historian Synne Corell.

In her new book Likvidasjonen (translated: The Liquidation), Corell demonstrates how the Norwegian bureaucracy participated in the looting of Jewish people during the occupation, according to Klassekampen.

In November of 1942, 532 Norwegian Jews were transported to Auschwitz on the ship Donau. But Corell believes the genocide began before all Jewish men were arrested one month before the departure of the Donau. In her book, she argues that the state’s prior confiscation of Jews people’s property must be seen as a completely integral part of the genocide.

“The physical and the financial liquidation are connected. The sources I have found establish this to an even greater degree,” said Corell.

In the book, the historian points out that, in the autumn of 1941, county governors were asked to map Jewish land.

“The entire state apparatus is involved in this survey. In Stavanger, it looks like they tried to stall the process. It is the only sign that someone held back a bit,” said the historian and author.

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