Norway preaching religious freedom and human rights having committed genocide against Jews during Auschwitz Holocaust
Posted on June 12th, 2016

Shenali D Waduge

Quite a number of countries are talking as paragons of virtue. Norway is one such nation. It is known as the West’s hitman and the word Quisling has become synonymous with ‘collaboration’ when Vidkum Quisling founded the fascist organization in 1933 modelling it after Germany’s Nazi party. The killings of Jews in Norway amounts to both genocide and war crimes against humanity. Virtually all Jews living in Norway were targeted. The War ended in 1945. A Commission to investigate crimes that took place in 1945 was undertaken 51 years later in 1996. The Holocaust Remembrance Day was declared only in 2012. All these apologies came 67 years after the war ended. Why are these same countries demanding Sri Lanka’s government and military to apologize when what happened in Sri Lanka cannot be compared to the situations they are apologizing for? Sri Lanka’s war was against LTTE terrorists who were killing all the communities of Sri Lanka.

Some history

Norway was ruled by Denmark between end of 13th century and 1814. The 1814 constitution held that Lutheran Protestantism was to be the state religion of Norway and Jews and Jesuits were forbidden from entering Norway. This ban on Jews was operational and lifted only in 1851.

No person of the Jewish creed may enter Norway, far less settle down there”.

Perhaps C V Wigneswaran has picked up these lines from the Norwegians in his wrath against the Sinhalese, that too after living all his years among the Sinhalese and then going to live in the North from 2012 onwards only!

When Germany invaded Norway in 1940 there were approximately 1700 Jews in Norway. The Norwegian police and paramilitaries who were supporting the Germans began arresting Jews. The Quisling government helping the Germans declared the wrath against the Jews.

The Jews were singled out. Norwegian Ministries of Justice and Foreign Affairs made it difficult for Jews to settle in Norway. Restrictions were justified on an economic basis.

  • Germans invaded Norway on 9 April 1940. By 1942, there were 2,173 Jews in Norway. Of these, it is estimated that 1,643 were Norwegian citizens, 240 were foreign citizens, and 290 were stateless.
  • The first Jewish Norwegian to be deported was Benjamin Bild, a labor union activist and mechanic, who was sent to Sachsenhausen concentration camp where he was beaten to death on 27 December 1942.
  • 500 prison camps had been set up in Norway during the war
  • Norwegians had different types of camps – extermination camps, killing sites, euthanasia centres, concentration camps, slave labor camps, transit camps, And this is the country that shamelessly operated these camps. Apologizing only in 1996 and ridiculed Sri Lanka’s camps that were put up to keep the close to 300,000 Tamils that had been rescued by the Sri Lankan Armed Forces.
  • May 1940 radios of Jews were confiscated
  • October 1941 registration of Jewish property started – Jewish businesses were confiscated. Commercial property such as retail stores, factories, workshops, etc.; and also personal property such as residences, bank accounts, automobiles, securities, furniture, and other fixtures they could find. Jewelry and other personal valuables were usually taken by German officials as “voluntary contributions to the German war effort.” In addition, Jewish professionals were typically deprived of any legal right to practice their profession: attorneys were disbarred, physicians and dentists lost their licenses, and craftsmen were locked out of their trade associations. Employers were pressured to fire all Jewish employees. In many cases, Jewish proprietors were forced to continue to work at their confiscated businesses for the benefit of the “new owners.”[
  • By February 1942 all remaining Jewish property in Trondheim was seized by Nazi authorities
  • the synagogues in Oslo and Trondheim were ordered to produce full rosters of their members, including their names, date of birth, profession, and address
  • the Falstad concentration camp was established near Levanger, north of Trondheim.
  • January 1942 a decree issued – Jews were given new identity cards with ‘J’ stamped in red. Advertisements in the mainstream press ordered all Norwegian Jews to immediately present themselves at the local police stations to have their identification papers stamped
  • a Jew was identified as anyone who had at least three “full-Jewish” grandparents; anyone who had two “full-Jewish” grandparents and was married to a Jew; or was a member of a Jewish congregation. This registration showed that about 1,400 Jewish adults lived in Norway.
  • October 1942 – male Jews arrested in Trondheim (northern Norwegian port city)
  • October 1942 – 260 male Jews arrested in Oslo. Any male over 15 years was arrested
  • November 1942 – all remaining Jews in Oslo including women, children, the sick and handicapped arrested and interned. 530 Jews were put into a ship and taken to Germany, from where they were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau killing centre.
  • February 1943 -Another set of Jews were deported to Auschwitz – women, the elderly and children were sent to gas chambers and killed. Only 25 out of the 795 deported Jews survived.
  • About 900 Jews managed to escape to Sweden while others went into hiding
  • Between 1940 and 1945 more than 760 Jews were deported from Norway
  • Over 700 Jews were eventually killed
  • Even after World War 2 ended Jews were not permitted to come along because they were no longer Norwegian citizens, and the government after 8 May [1945] din not want to finance the homeward transportation”, according to historian Kjersti Dybvig
  • On May 8, 1945 German forces in Norway surrendered to the Allies. Quisling was arrested, found guilty of treason and executed on 24 October 1945.
  • On 27 May 1995, Bjørn Westlie published an article in the daily, Dagens Næringsliv, that highlighted the uncompensated financial loss incurred by the Norwegian Jewish community as a result of Nazi persecution during the war.

The War ended in 1945. A Commission to investigate crimes that took place in 1945 was undertaken only in 1996. The Holocaust Remembrance Day was declared only in 2012 with the Norwegian PM stating “that Norwegian citizens aided in the arrests and deportations of Norwegian Jews”. It was only in 2015 the Norwegian State Railways offered a public apology “The transportation of Jews that were to be deported and the use of POWs on the Nordland Line is a dark chapter of NSB’s history”. All these apologies came 67 years after the war ended. Why are these same countries demanding Sri Lanka’s government and military to apologize when no one is going after LTTE for 30 years of crimes against all the communities?

According to Reuters, in 1998 Norway paid about $60 million to Norwegian Jews and Jewish organizations in an acknowledgment of Oslo’s complicity in Nazi war crimes and to compensate Jewish-owned property that was confiscated by the state.

Paul Levine, a history professor at Uppsala University in Sweden says Norwegians did not take full blame but opted to shift blame to the Germans for the deportation of Norway’s Jews.

It is shameful how Norway that only investigated its criminal past after 51 years is showcasing itself as some virtuous nation coming forward to act as third party. We all know how biased Norwegians have been. Yet, how many of us are aware of Norway’s shameful past? Killers of Jews have no right to be coming forward as peace doves. Norway has no business to appear as third party for any nation.

Shenali D Waduge

2 Responses to “Norway preaching religious freedom and human rights having committed genocide against Jews during Auschwitz Holocaust”

  1. Ananda-USA Says:

    Crimes committed by Norwegian Nazis are no doubt reprehensible, but the RETALIATION against the Norwegian collaborators once the war ended was EQUALLY SEVERE.

    Women who associated with Nazis were shaved, stripped, tarred and feathered, chased down streets and banished from where they lived.

    Many thousands of collaborators were beaten to death and hung in the streets, and summarily executed.

    The Norwegian government that returned from exile in Britain prosecuted and executed hundreds of people, including Quizzing, for treason. Many more were imprisoned.

    That was how the Norwegians dealt with TRAITORS to secure their country and their people against treachery in the future.

    Yet, armed with their newly found North Sea oil wealth and their dynamite invention funded prize of Alfred Nobel they are crusading to incite rebellion and TREASON, and advance their evangelical Christian conversion agenda across the world, mostly in developing nations.

    When their own nation is threatened they HOWL TREASON and e ecute the offenders.

    But, they threate the integrity and lives of people in non-Christian societies inciting TREASON!

    DOUBLE STANDARDS & HYPOCRISY by Machiavellian Con-Artistes!

  2. rohanana Says:

    Shenali you are correct but the Western world forgets these very quickly and they don’t want to talk about it either. What about the USA. They have killed and made to suffer millions in Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and many others. American servicemen in the Pacific War sometimes deliberately killed Japanese soldiers who had surrendered, according to Richard Aldrich (Professor of History at Nottingham University), His analysis is supported by British historian Niall Ferguson, who also says that, in 1943, “a secret [U.S.] intelligence report noted that only the promise of ice cream and three days leave would … induce American troops not to kill surrendering Japanese. It has been claimed that some U.S. military personnel raped Okinawan women during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. Based on several years of research, Okinawan historian Oshiro Masayasu (former director of the Okinawa Prefectural Historical Archives) writes:
    “Soon after the U.S. Marines landed, all the women of a village on Motobu Peninsula fell into the hands of American soldiers. At the time, there were only women, children, and old people in the village, as all the young men had been mobilized for the war. Soon after landing, the Marines “mopped up” the entire village, but found no signs of Japanese forces. Taking advantage of the situation, they started “hunting for women” in broad daylight, and women who were hiding in the village or nearby air raid shelters were dragged out one after another”.
    According to interviews carried out by the New York Times and published by them in 2000, multiple elderly people from an Okinawan village confessed that after the United States had won the Battle of Okinawa, three armed marines kept coming to the village every week to force the villagers to gather all the local women, who were then carried off into the hills and raped. The article goes deeper into the matter and claims that the villagers’ tale – true or not – is part of a ‘dark, long-kept secret’ the unravelling of which ‘refocused attention on what historians say is one of the most widely ignored crimes of the war’: “the widespread rape of Okinawan women by American servicemen.” Although Japanese reports of rape were largely ignored at the time, academic estimates have been that as many as 10,000 Okinawan women may have been raped. It has been claimed that the rape was so prevalent that most Okinawans over age 65 around the year 2000 either knew or had heard of a woman who was raped in the aftermath of the war.
    In Philippines War crimes committed by the United States Army including the March across Samar, American troops slaughtered hundreds of Moro Muslim women and children in the Moro Crater massacre during the Moro Rebellion.
    Secret wartime files made public only in 2006 reveal that American GIs committed 400 sexual offenses in Europe, including 126 rapes in England, between 1942 and 1945. A study by Robert J. Lilly estimates that a total of 14,000 civilian women in England, France and Germany were raped by American GIs during World War II. It is estimated that there were around 3,500 rapes by American servicemen in France between June 1944 and the end of the war and one historian has claimed that sexual violence against women in liberated France was common.
    The No Gun Ri Massacre refers to an incident of mass killing of an undetermined number of South Korean refugees conducted by U.S. soldiers of the 7th Cavalry Regiment (and in a U.S. air attack) between 26 July and 29 July 1950 at a railroad bridge near the village of Nogeun-ri, 100 miles (160 km) southeast of Seoul. In 2005, the South Korean government certified the names of 163 dead or missing (mostly women, children, and old men) and 55 wounded. It said that many other victims’ names were not reported.
    The Vietnam War Crimes Working Group Files is a collection of (formerly secret) documents compiled by Pentagon investigators in the early 1970s, confirming that atrocities by U.S. forces during the Vietnam War were more extensive than had been officially acknowledged. The documents are housed by the United States National Archives and Records Administration, and detail 320 alleged incidents that were substantiated by United States Army investigators (not including the 1968 My Lai Massacre).
    My Lai Massacre
    The My Lai Massacre was the mass murder of 347 to 504 unarmed citizens in South Vietnam, almost entirely civilians, most of them women and children, conducted by U.S. soldiers from the Company C of the 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 11th Brigade of the 23rd (Americal) Infantry Division, on 16 March 1968. Some of the victims were raped, beaten, tortured, or maimed, and some of the bodies were found mutilated. The massacre took place in the hamlets of Mỹ Lai and My Khe of Sơn Mỹ village during the Vietnam War. Of the 26 U.S. soldiers initially charged with criminal offenses or war crimes for actions at My Lai, only William Calley was convicted. Initially sentenced to life in prison, Calley had his sentence reduced to ten years, then was released after only three and a half years under house arrest. The incident prompted widespread outrage around the world, and reduced U.S. domestic support for the Vietnam War. Three American Servicemen (Hugh Thompson, Jr., Glenn Andreotta, and Lawrence Colburn), who made an effort to halt the massacre and protect the wounded, were sharply criticized by U.S. Congressmen, and received hate mail, death threats, and mutilated animals on their doorsteps. While the US suffered more than 58,000 dead in the war, an estimated two million Vietnamese civilians were killed, another 5.3 million injured and about 11 million, by US government figures, became refugees in their own country.
    Today, if people remember anything about American atrocities in Vietnam, they recall the March 1968 My Lai massacre in which more than 500 civilians were killed over the course of four hours, during which US troops even took time out to eat lunch.
    In late 1968, the 9th Infantry Division, under the command of Gen Julian Ewell, kicked off a large-scale operation in the Mekong Delta, the densely populated deep south of Vietnam.
    In an already body count-obsessed environment, Ewell, who became known as the Butcher of the Delta, was especially notorious. He sacked subordinates who killed insufficient numbers and unleashed heavy firepower on a countryside packed with civilians.
    A whistle-blower in the division wrote to the US Army Chief of Staff William Westmoreland, pleading for an investigation. Artillery called in on villages, he reported, had killed women and children. Helicopter gunships had frightened farmers into running and then cut them down. Troops on the ground had done the same thing.
    The result was industrial-scale slaughter, the equivalent, he said, to a “My Lai each month”.
    Thirty years after the event their efforts were honoured.
    A presidential memorandum of February 7, 2002, authorized U.S. interrogators of prisoners captured during the War in Afghanistan to deny the prisoners basic protections required by the Geneva Conventions, and thus according to Jordan J. Paust, professor of law and formerly a member of the faculty of the Judge Advocate General’s School, “necessarily authorized and ordered violations of the Geneva Conventions, which are war crimes.” Based on the president’s memorandum, U.S. personnel carried out cruel and inhumane treatment on captured enemy fighters, which necessarily means that the president’s memorandum was a plan to violate the Geneva Convention, and such a plan constitutes a war crime under the Geneva Conventions, according to Professor Paust.
    For the people of the Middle East, the American war never ended; it continued under the brutal, U.S.-backed jihadists who ravaged Syria, and have struck at Iraq with a vengeance. In the United States, George Bush gets the blame for the Iraq War while the First Black President reignites the region with his proxy wars and apocalyptic threats. “Imperialism is still on the move and now has a more shrewd personification in the person of Barack Obama.”
    I have given below in brief the Top 10 American War Crimes:
    1. My Lai Massacre
    The My Lai Massacre is the most notorious war crime in US history, and has become the benchmark to which all acts of American military savagery is compared.
    On March 16, 1968, the men of Charlie Company entered the village of My Lai in South Vietnam to conduct a “search and destroy” mission. Although there were no signs of enemy troops, the soldiers were ordered to enter the village firing. The incident quickly devolved into violence and chaos, as the men of Charlie Company opened fire on the village’s unarmed residents. Among them were many women, children, and elders. It is estimated that over 300 civilians were shot or bayoneted to death during the course of several hours.
    Only one soldier, William Calley Jr., was convicted for participation in the massacre. He served three and a half years under house arrest. Perhaps even more chilling than the lack of culpability here is how commonplace this behaviour was among American troops. As Colonel Oran Henderson remarked, every unit of brigade size has its My Lai hidden someplace.
    2. Wounded Knee Massacre
    This entire list could be made up of horrible injustices perpetrated by the US government against the country’s Native American population. One of the most significant was the massacre at Wounded Knee. This incident on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation was the last major conflict of the American Indian Wars. Twenty Medal of Honour citations were granted after the engagement, the most for any single battle in American history.
    On December 29, 1890, the American 7th Cavalry had surrounded a band of Sioux, including women and children, at the Wounded Knee Creek. The soldiers demanded the Sioux surrender their weapons, and were in the process of collecting them when the violence began. It is unclear who fired first, but close quarters combat among the Sioux and American soldiers in the encampment was quickly followed by indiscriminate fire into the camp from surrounding US forces. Rifle fire and shrapnel from Hotchkiss cannons raked through the encampment, and mounted soldiers cut down those attempting to flee.
    It is estimated that at least 250 of the 350 Sioux were killed in the exchange. Twenty-five Americans died as well, but most are thought to have been killed by friendly fire.
    3. Abu Ghraib, the Iraq War
    Much like Afghanistan, America’s occupation of Iraq was witness to many atrocities by American forces. The most famous, if not deadly, of these crimes was the treatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib. From October to December of 2003, US soldiers with little experience running a prison carried out shockingly sadistic acts on those they were meant to be guarding.
    Many detainees were humiliated, tortured, raped, sodomized, and some even killed at the hands of guards. One military report, not meant for public release, outlined some of the forms of torture practiced by the troops: Breaking chemical lights and pouring the phosphoric liquid on detainees … beating detainees with a broom handle and a chair … sodomizing a detainee with a chemical light and perhaps a broom stick. Detainees were forced to perform sexual acts on each other, and were strung up in embarrassing and painful positions for hours or days. There are also numerous allegations of detainees being beaten to death by US soldiers and private contractors.
    Although there was similar activity occurring other Iraqi and Afghani prisons, the abuses at Abu Ghraib exploded into scandal largely because of photographic evidence (NSFW link) of the torture. These pictures of abuse were widely published, and publications like The New Yorker and 60 Minutes did detailed exposes. As a result of the scandal, eleven soldiers were sentenced to prison terms, but many of the soldiers and private contractors allegedly involved in the abuses have never faced trial.
    4. Kandahar Massacre, War on Terror
    This attack is exceptional in that, unlike others on the list, it was carried out by a single US soldier. In the early hours of March 11, 2012, Staff Sergeant Robert Bales snuck away from his base in the Panjawi district in the Kandahar Province and entered a nearby house. He shot all ten residents, killing six. Bales returned briefly to the base before setting out again to another nearby home, where he killed twelve more and wounded two others. The sixteen people killed that day included nine children.
    After the killings, Bales reportedly returned to his base and promptly confessed to his superiors by simply saying, “I did it.” He pleaded guilty in military court, and in August 2013 was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
    5. Azizabad Airstrike, the War on Terror
    Since 2001, Afghanistan has continually seen the deaths of civilians at the hands of American ground forces, warplanes, and drone attacks. One of the most notorious took place in the village of Azizabad in the country’s Helmand Province on August 22, 2008.
    American forces had received information that a Taliban commander, Mullah Sidiq, was on his way to Azizabad after ambushing American troops. During the night, American AC-130 warplanes carried out a deadly attack on the village. Their bombs killed about ninety civilians, many of whom were children. Although the US claimed to have killed Sidiq in the attack, and that most of the casualties were militants, Sidiq later emerged unharmed and independent investigations concluded there were few, if any, militants in the village.
    Despite the carnage of this event, no Americans have been prosecuted for their role in the airstrike. However, a villager named Mohammed Nader was sentenced to death by Afghan authorities for supplying NATO forces with intelligence that led to the attack.
    6. Dachau Massacre, World War II
    The Dachau concentration camp in Bavaria was one of the most notorious death camps from World War II. At least 32,000 documented killings occurred there, along with unknown thousands that went undocumented. When it was liberated on April 12, 1945, American troops came across hundreds of bodies littering the grounds of Dachau, and the horror of the scene caused many to snap.
    During the course of the camps liberation, American soldiers killed at least fifty German guards. Some were killed trying to flee, and others were summarily executed. While these killings are obviously indefensible within the modern rules of war, this atrocity is arguably the most understandable on this list. This is but one of many instances of Americans executing Nazi prisoners during the Allied Invasion, and no soldiers were ever prosecuted for their role in the killings.
    7. Andersonville Prison, Civil War
    You might think this NSFW picture is that of a newly liberated prisoner from the Nazi concentration camps. But this man was actually a Union captive held at the POW camp in Andersonville, Georgia during the Civil War.
    Life for soldiers on either side of the conflict was a harrowing experience, no matter where they were stationed. Yet arguably the worst place to end up in the entire war was the Camp Sumter military prison in Andersonville. As the largest Confederate prison, the camp was designed with a maximum capacity of 10,000 prisoners. By August 1864, the number of prisoners had swelled to 33,000.
    Conditions in the camp were nightmarish. The Confederates were desperately low on provisions for themselves, which meant the POWs got next to nothing. The men had no shelter from the blazing summer sun or the cold winter rain. The small stream flowing through the camp became both a communal toilet and the only source of drinking water. Consequently, the death toll from disease and starvation was staggering. Of the 45,000 men held at the prison throughout its existence, approximately 12,000 died and were buried in mass graves around the camp.
    When the war ended, Andersonville commander Henry Wirz was arrested, tried by a military tribunal, and hanged. He was the only person on either side to be executed for war crimes in the Civil War.
    8. Gnadenhutten Massacre, American Revolution
    Life as a settler on the frontier during the American Revolution was an isolated, brutish, and violent place to scrape out an existence. Front lines were non-existent, and there was no chivalry in frontier warfare. There are certainly countless atrocities history will never uncover, but one that stands out is the Gnadenhutten Massacre.
    On March 8, 1782, 160 Pennsylvania militiamen surrounded the village of Gnadenhutten in Eastern Ohio. Although the residents of the village were Indians, they were peaceful Christians and neutral in the fight. Nevertheless, the militiamen accused them of conducting raids throughout Pennsylvania, and voted to execute every inhabitant.
    The Indians were split into two huts, one for men and the other for women and children, and then bludgeoned to death before being scalped. In all, ninety-six of the one hundred Indians were scalped and killed, and the entire village was set ablaze. One survivor hid in the woods, and others actually survived their scalping and escaped to warn surrounding villages.
    9. No Gun Ri Massacre, Korean War
    When North Korean forces launched a surprise attack on South Korea on June 25, 1950, poorly trained American soldiers from Tokyo were rushed to the peninsula. The invasion created a massive refugee crisis, as civilians fled the oncoming armies. Fearing infiltration by spies posing as civilians, US command forces ordered that no civilians were to be allowed to cross battle lines at any time.
    On the same day these orders were issued, up to 400 refugees gathered at a bridge near the village of No Gun Ri were indiscriminately massacred by American forces.
    US forces initially denied involvement, stating that no American troops were in the vicinity at the time of the massacre. However, details of the slaughter have emerged in recent years, thanks to the testimonies of both the survivors and perpetrators. As one American veteran recalls, There was a lieutenant screaming like a madman, fire on everything, kill ’em all¦ Kids, there was kids out there, it didn’t matter what it was, eight to 80, blind, crippled or crazy, they shot ’em all.
    Unfortunately, this was only the first of many such massacres by American forces in Korea that have come to light in recent years. There has been no justice for the surviving South Koreans either, as the only person to face charges for the crime, Captain Ernest Medina, was court martialled but later acquitted.
    10. The Balinga Massacre, Philippine-American War
    During the Spanish-American War in 1898, American forces captured the Philippines. Although the Americans viewed themselves as liberators, Filipinos had been struggling against Spanish imperialism for years. They did not take kindly to one imperial power being replaced with another. What followed was the Philippine-American War, a savage exercise in jungle combat.
    After suffering heavy casualties from Philippine insurrectionists in the Samar Province, General Jacob H. Smith sought revenge against the civilian population. He stated, ‘I want no prisoners’. I wish you to kill and burn: the more you kill and burn, the better you will please me.
    General Smith’s troops proceeded to carry out a genocidal campaign in the countryside. Â He ordered anybody over ten years of age and capable of bearing arms to be executed, and herded thousands more into concentration camps.
    Unfortunately, these actions were only a microcosm of the larger brutality of America’s occupation of the Philippines. It is estimated that at least 34,000 Filipinos were killed as a direct result of the war, and another 200,000 by the cholera epidemic among refugees and those in concentration camps.

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