Norwegian press, public debate on Jews then and now

June 9 1943, Nazified Aftenposten writes

Nazified Aftenposten-9-juni-1943-on antisemitism in USA, day after Donau was sunk

From NTB correspondent: The American magazine Life warns of increasing antisemitism leading to shop owners being reluctant to hire Jews. The rift between Jews and non-Jews grows by the day. Roosevelt has therefore tried to get as many Jews as possible jobs in state departments. This is not difficult, since the administration grows steadily. An estimated 100 000 persons have been hired in Washington since the outbreak of war. The vast majority are Jews.

Former prime minister Willock on Dagsnytt 18 NRK November 30 2008 (source Aftenposten):

Willock thinks appointing Jews in Obama administration is an ominous sign for ME conflict

Programleder Hans Wilhelm Steinfeldt spør Kåre Willoch om han ser noe håp om at USAs påtroppende president, Barack Obama, vil føre en annen politikk overfor Midtøsten.- Det ser ikke lyst ut, for han har jo valgt en stabssjef som er jøde, og det er jo sånn at mange amerikanske velgere ser mye mer på Bibelen enn på dagens virkelighet — og en meningsløst feil fortolkning av Bibelen, svarer Willoch

Anchor Hans Wilhelm Steinfeldt asks Kåre Willoch if he sees any signs of hope that USA president elect Barack Obama would pursue a different policy in relation to the Middle East. – It does not look too promising, he has chosen a chief of staff who is Jewish, and it is a matter of fact that many Americans look to the Bible rather than the realities of today — and a nonsensically wrong interpretation of the Bible, answers Willock.

Drawing the lines form 1943 up until today, there is an underlying innuendo that somehow the Jews are everywhere and cannot be trusted. Only a coincidence or do Norwegians as a Nation harbor feelings we are not ready to face yet?

Admin has provided a wealth of archive material on reports on Antisemitism, Jews,  and the ME conflict since 1934.

We will put these glimpses of the past into perspective and compare and contrast with current covering and level of debate.

Prof. M. McGonagall