Norway

Norwegian rescuer Ingebjorg Sletten

Rabbi Julius Samuel and his wife Henriette emigrated from Germany and came to live in Oslo, Norway. As the country’s chief rabbi, Julius Samuel was arrested and sent back to Germany in October 1942. A few days later, the family received a telephone call from Ingebjorg Sletten - a neighbor and member of the underground. She left a brief, pre-planned message: "The night is very cold. Make sure your children are well covered." Henriette immediately prepared herself and her children for departure. An hour later, Ingebjorg arrived at the Samuels’ home and transported the family, along with other relatives, to an empty apartment outside of Oslo, which was already populated with other fugitives. Ingebjorg saw to all of their needs. One night in early December, they were joined to a group of forty Jews being moved to the Swedish border in trucks carrying potatoes. From the border, they were smuggled into Sweden, and saved. The father, Rabbi Samuel, was murdered in a concentration camp.


Per Faye Hansen

Norway was occupied by Nazi Germany in April, 1940.
In the light of the anti-Jewish decrees issued in October 1942, Gabriel Stiris, a medical student in Oslo, decided to go into hiding.  He was helped by one of his lecturers, who had him hospitalized as an ulcer patient.  Gabriel soon discovered that the doctor was a member of the local resistance movement.
A few days later, Gabriel was picked up from the hospital by Per Faye-Hansen, who took him to a temporary hiding place in a flower shop in Majorstuen, where Gabriel met other Jews who were seeking refuge.  Per Faye-Hansen meticulously arranged the escape of this group of Jews to Sweden with the utmost secrecy.  They were transferred to Asker, outside Oslo,  in lorries, and hid there in a house that belonged to the underground.  They were then taken to several other hiding places, until they reached the Swedish border.
In her testimony to Yad Vashem, Per’s daughter Gro Wesnke relates that on one occasion, her late father told the group that they would not be able to escape that evening.  He then heard an elderly Jew say:
“Thank you so much, Lord, for not making me flee on the Sabbath.”  The rescuer was surprised by this respectful attitude to G-d, and never forgot it. Per Faye-Hansen risked his life to save Jews during World War II.  He found hiding places for many Jews, and was responsible for planning and organizing the escape of tens of Jews.
At their meeting on March 11th, 2007, the Commission for the Designation of the Righteous Among the Nations at Yad Vashem reached the decision to award the title of Righteous Among the Nations to the late Per Faye-Hansen of Norway.

 

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