Gathering information about Jewish Oslo, I stumbled upon the fact about the Hurum airplane crash in 1949. Hurum is approximately an hour away from Oslo, and that’s why it was between the last spots in my list of interest places for thorough studies. However, when I learned more about it, I was surprised by the amount of amazing facts that are hidden in the history of this place.
After the foundation of Israel in 1948, Jews from all corners of the world flew there.The Special Children Invigoration and Preparation Program was created. Its aim was to facilitate the North African Jews (Morocco and Tunis) to move back to the historic motherland. Norway helped by hindering for the Jews’ use the former Hirden SS preparation camp (military formation of the Norwegian Nazi Party – Nasjonal Samling) located a couple of hours away from Oslo, where teaching and facilitating staff, consisting of Norwegians, Moroccans and Tunisians, were hired. The first group of children aged between 5-14 were hosted in the beginning of 1949. In general, over 400 people participated in this program, each group staying in Norway for up to 8 months. Many would wonder why exactly Norway, located so far away from the route between North Africa and Israel, became a partner of this project.