Today we lost a giant in Norwegian politics, conservative politician Jo Benkow. A man of conviction and integrity, he fought tirelessly for social justice, for the inclusion of minorities, and for a better and more open society.
All of his female relatives, including his mother and his 4 year old niece Ada were gassed to death in Auschwitz, whereas he managed to flee to Sweden and towards the end of WW2, became a fighter in the Norwegian air force.
In spite of having been badly let down by his own country, he re-built his life here, and gave his life up in service for the greater society, as a politician, as the President of the Storting, and as an eager participant in the public discourse. He particularly warned against the new anti-Semitism and all other forms of prejudice.
We lost a truly great Norwegian today – may his memory be blessed and may we have the wisdom to learn what he taught us with such grace and compassion – tolerance.