Strengthening ties with Norway
Ambassador Svein Sevje of the Royal Norwegian Embassy and his entire staff visited Beit Hatfutsot in January 2012. The Ambassador and his staff were greeted by Beit Hatfutsot CEO Avinoam Armoni and Enia Zeevi Kupfer, Director of Israel and European Desks, External Relations Department. Armoni expressed his hope for continued partnership between the Norwegian Embassy and the museum. The delegation toured the core exhibition, the “Game of their Lives” exhibition, and the A-B-See-Do exhibition. The Ambassador was impressed with the exhibitions, and expressed his desire to return for future visits.
“We were very pleased by Avinoam Armoni’s warm and informing welcome”, the Ambassador later communicated. “The guided tour was both interesting and enjoyable, and could have lasted much longer, had time permitted. After having been introduced to your Museum, I trust that many of my staff will come back for a more detailed private visit in the future.”
In the summer of 2009, during the tenure of the previous Ambassador Bioren Lian, Beit Hatfutsot displayed an exhibition on Norwegian Jewry, “Wergeland's Legacy: Jewish life in Norway 1851-1945”. The exhibition, which was presented in partnership with the Norwegian Folk Museum in Oslo and the Jewish Museum in Oslo and with the assistance of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Norwegian Embassy to Israel and the Norwegian Society in Israel, told the story of Jewish immigration to Norway from 1851, following the struggle of the Norwegian national poet Henrik Wergeland for the abolition of the Jewish clause in the constitution - until 1945. It depicted the lives of people who fled from terror and persecution, and who looked for a land where they could live a peaceful life.
Avinoam Armoni, Ambassador Svein Sevje