A new curator for the Jewish Museum in Trondheim

lifted from vårtland.no, google translate

Lifting up the Jewish history
Bjarte Bruland has accepted the job the first director of the Jewish Museum in Trondheim.


Christina Gulbrandsen

FACTS ABOUT Bjarte Bruland
47 years. The history of Norwegian Jews as his specialty.
Originally from Sogn og Fjordane, but lives in Trondheim
From September 2016 starts in the position of director of the  Jewish Museum Trondheim. The museum is the oldest Jewish museum, established in 1997.
Bruland was a member of Skarpnes committee investigating what happened to the Jewish property during and after WW2.
He is now working on a book project about anti-Jewish policy in Norway in the years 1940 to 1945 in connection with his doctorate.
The museum is owned by the Jewish community in Trondheim and aims to preserve, maintain and disseminate knowledge about the Jewish religion, culture and history in Central and Northern Norway.

Why, Bruland?

– Because it is an interesting task. I have a job to do to help lift the museum up. Jews have a special story in central and northern Norway.

What do you think then?

– It is important to emphasize that the Jews were a national minority in the country. It was a small congregation  that was established around the turn of the century. And during the war before the Jews were deported, the Germans perpetrated a more brutal terror in Central Norway than down south.

Why did you become interested in Jewish history?

– It’s an interest I’ve had for over 20 years. Initially I wondered what happened to the Jews during the war. Then I changed the perspective, and I became interested in the entire Jewish history.

Do you think the Jewish story is little known in Norway?

– It has become known in recent years, although much remains relatively unknown. The museum is an important forum to bring up the story of a good and proper manner.

Why is it important for you to lift up the museum?

– Because the Jews was one of the first immigrant groups in Norway. Both how they were integrated and antisemitism they were exposed to, is important. We need the Jewish museums in Oslo and Trondheim because they are part of our history. Jews have not always been well treated, that Jews themselves can present their own story is important.

What would you want more showed the Jews?

– The impact the Jewish minority has had in Trondheim, Narvik and Tromsø as part of local communities. They contributed greatly to the development of garment industry and was a contribution to the country.

What is a widespread misconception about the Jews?

– There are probably many. But in the old days thought someone that they did not belong to any place or were not part of something bigger. That was also misconceptions related to money and that the Jews had a strong influence. In reality, they were a vulnerable, small minority.

What will you bring into your job?

– I’ll take my professional knowledge, as well as enthusiasm for highlighting the story.

1 comment for “A new curator for the Jewish Museum in Trondheim

  1. motti
    June 8, 2016 at 10:22 am

    He appears to be a decent fellow.

    Prof, how far north will this museum cover? Are there or were there Jews in Kirkenes in the very far north? I met a Jewish man from Narvick who lived with his family and were members of the Oslo community. Don’t remember his name. But, I was walking in Tel Aviv on a bright sunny day when I heard my name called out and it was him. I enjoyed the opportunity mto speak Norwegian again with a normann!

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