• Free Lecture: Unknown war. Norway during 1940-45

    Welcome to a lecture about Norway during 1940-45. On April 9 1940, Nazi Germany attacked Norway. Resistance, life, betrayal, heroism and much more will be highlighted during the meeting with Rami Kafarov a guide and the founder of the Oslo Photo tour .  When: Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 7 PM – 8 PM Where: cafe Henriken, Wergelandsveien 5, 0167 Oslo, Norway Fee: Free entrance Number of places is limited to 50-60  

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    Historical toilets in Oslo

    In 2001, at an international conference in Singapore, representatives from 17 national toilet associations from Asia, Europe and North America (dedicated to everything related to toilets) declared the 19 of November the World Toilet Day.  Now let’s find out a little bit about that place where we spend a lot of time, namely, the toilet. The concepts of hygiene and sanitation have been long known to man, even though they have varied a lot between centuries. The ancient history of the toilet, older than a thousand years, is the best example. By the way, it’s exactly with the

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    Self guided tour of Oslo 1940-45

    Walking self-guided tour of Oslo during years of German occupation 1940-45 in Norwegian and English language. The tour starts in front of the Royal Palace, overlooking the entire city center, and ends at the Akershus fortress near by Resistance museum. The length of the route is 2.5 km / 2 miles. A map with explanations and illustrations will help you navigate. Private photos taken by German soldiers were used in this project. It is a wonderful gift or souvenir of Oslo for friends and colleagues.   Printed brochure - size 14x21 cm - number

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    Oslo apartment design - backstage to a local culture

    Interior spaces are about the colors on the walls, the textures on the furniture and an interesting mix of humble materials. This 1915 Oslo Frogner apartment is clean, fresh-looking, and inspires a sense of calm. The owners of the apartment have managed to keep this place bright and open.The dark wood floor, the beige walls, the fireplace add warmth to the main room. The seating in the main room is made simple and cozy with the placement of the two sofas, in front of each other and away from the walls. The furniture is right in proportion for the room, in terms of the length, width and ceiling

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    Next day after the War

    While Europe was celebrating Victory Day, in Norway, the operation Doomsday – liberation of Norway was about to start. The goal of the operation was supervising the surrender of the German forces in Norway as well as preventing the sabotage of vital military and civilian facilities. Thousands of military personnel was flown to Norway. Unfortunately due to various reasons three airplanes got crashed and 48 soldiers got killed right after the war in Europe was ended. *On Ascention day Thursday May 10th 1945 between 7:30 and 8:00 hours, the Short Stirling LK147 from 196 Squadron took

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    The second story: Blucher

    The second story from series of short stories about ships entering the Norwegian waters in 1940-45, and the fate of people who served on them. Original photos from the Oslo Photo Tour collection were are used for illustration. (first story).Walking along the Aker Brygge embankment you can see various marine artefacts, such as: a whaling gun, screws from ships, and anchors. One of those anchors will be discussed. Although it looks no different from the others, it is associated with a heroic, and even miraculous looking, battle of Norway’s history.  The anchor belonged

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    The first story: Altmark

    The first story from series of short stories about ships entering the Norwegian waters in 1940-45, and the fate of people who served on them. Original photos from the Oslo Photo Tour collection were are used for illustration.Altmark was a German oil tanker and supply vessel. It became famous because of the so-called “Altmark Incident”. After the loss of the cruiser “Admiral Graf Spee”, of which Altmark supported across the Atlantic, the oil tanker headed for Germany, with almost 300 English POW.Altmark at Jøssingfjord, NorwayPursued by the British

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    Americans Try Norwegian Christmas Food

    What is actually traditional Norwegian Christmas food? Here comes the answer. Our experts are staff at the U.S. Embassy in Oslo. And these guys have sense of humor :) Video was presented for the first time on 21 of Dec 2015

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    Bazaar Halls

    The halls (Dronningens gate 27) were built 1840 – 59 to improve conditions for a food sales. The architect of the project was Christian Henrik Grosch. Bazaar has repeatedly been threatened with demolition. First time it happened in 1901, when one would construct a new stock exchange building on the site. Collapsing of a real estate market and bad economical situation stopped plans. In the 1930s new reasons for demolition laid down: increased traffic required street extension, and in addition, it should be planted a park. World War II saved the building. After peace came in 1945

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    Watchmaker

    I met Yair for the first time one Shabbat (the Jewish day of rest). He talked about his family’s story- sort of a history of Israel foundation: from early Zionism and immigration to Palestine until the foundation of the State of Israel. He also told me about his collection of watches. I found his stories so deeply amazing, that decided to pay him a visit at his home. So there I was, in his kitchen, talking about life, checking some pictures and of course, his collection.On my mother’s side my grandparents were active Zionist, he said. My grandmother Klara Hirschenzon took part in

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