Norway police apologise for Holocaust deportation

By Zoe Winograd, November 26, 2012

Norwegian police have apologised for sending over 750 Jews to concentration camps during the Holocaust.

On the 70th anniversary of the first deportation of 532 Jews on the SS Donau, police chief Odd Reidar Humlegaard said: "I want to apologise on behalf of the Norwegian police and those who were responsible for carrying out the deportation of Norwegian Jews to concentration camps."

"I express my regret for the role police played in the arrest and deportation of these completely innocent victims."

This gesture comes two months after Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg made a formal apology.

Samuel Steinmann, a Norwegian Auschwitz survivor, told news channel TV2 Nyhetskanalen: "That's good to hear, but it was high time for these apologies."

Of the 2,100 Jews who lived in Norway at the start of the Second World War, 772 were deported and only 34 survived.

Last updated: 6:05pm, November 26 2012