Housed in one of Oslo’s two synagogues from the early Twentieth Century, there are three exhibits. In the courtyard, covering the outside walls is a display on Norwegian Jewish athletes. Although the post-World War II Jewish population has been under 1000, quite a number have apparently been prominent athletes, in golf, hockey, soccer football, boxing, and skiing.
Inside, a detailed exhibit depicts the Norwegian Jews in the Holocaust. A number were taken by the Nazi troops that invaded Norway in 1940, shipped to concentration camps, where most were killed by the Nazis - only a small number returned.
Some fought in the Norwegian resistance, indeed a higher proportion than among non-Jewish Norwegians. Many were smuggled to neutral Sweden, and returned after the war. Some managed to stay hidden during the war. Both those who escaped to Sweden and those who remained hidden did so with the help of courageous non-Jews who are celebrated by name, with details of their heroic exploits.
The third section is an elementary introduction to the Jewish religious holiday cycle. Holocaust education is part of the regular school curriculum and Norwegian students visit the museum as part of their study.