The Homecoming Exhibition 1945 – 47 at the Jewish Museum in Trondheim is an exhibition and website based on the experience of the return of Jews from Trondheim after World War II. The exhibition is temporary and will last for one year. The exhibit marks the museum’s 75th anniversary since the end of World War II and the end of the Holocaust.
By the end of the war in 1945, the Jewish population of Trondheim had halved. The Jews who returned – from flight or captivity – stood on the bare ground. Most of what was taken from them was during the war years.
It started with the radios in 1940. In 1941 the Nazis took over the Arkitekt Christies Gate Synagogue, and the same year the first property seizures began. A law of October 26, 1942 deprived Norwegian Jews of everything they owned.
In the “Homecoming” exhibition, we have brought together a selection of atmospheres and experiences, memories and stories of the Jewish community of Trondheim in the years 1945-1947. Through interviews, films, sound, photographs, forms and documents, objects, quotes and stories, various aspects of homecoming are conveyed.
The relief of coming home and the despair of everyone who had left. The feeling of helplessness in the face of a bureaucracy that should really help. The desire to reestablish Jewish society – and the experience of anti-Semitism that might still emerge when we least expected it.
The exhibition was created in collaboration with Ablemagic AS and Rallar arkitekter AS and with the help of grants from the Ministry of Local Government and Modernization, the Free Speech Foundation and the Cultural Council. The music in the exhibition is composed and performed by Trygve Brøske.
For infection control reasons, the museum can accommodate up to 25 people at a time.
Arkitekt Christies gate 1B, 7012 Trondheim, Norway