Yehuda Bauer awarded the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit

The former speaker of the Norwegian parliament, Mr. Jo Benkow (left), ITF Chair Ambassador Tom Vraalsen and Professor Yehuda Bauer (right). Photo: Olav Erik Storm.

The former speaker of the Norwegian parliament, Mr. Jo Benkow (left), ITF Chair Ambassador Tom Vraalsen and Professor Yehuda Bauer (right). Photo: Olav Erik Storm.

Professor Yehuda Bauer, Israel, was awarded the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit by His Majesty King Harald V during his recent visit to Oslo in connection with the meeting of the Holocaust Task Force (ITF) under Norwegian chairmanship.

Professor Bauer is Honorary Chair of the Task Force for Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research (ITF) and is one of the founders of ITF. The Order of Merit was presented to professor Yehuda Bauer by the Chancellor of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit, Mr. Øystein Braathen. The award ceremony took place at the Norwegian Government’s Guest House in Oslo.

The Royal Norwegian Order of Merit was founded by the late king Olav V and was awarded to professor Yehuda Bauer for his particularly meritorious services to mankind.

In his speech, Mr. Braathen said that His Majesty the King had awarded the order to professor Yehuda Bauer in acknowledgement of his humanitarian work related to racism, Anti-Semitism and genocide.

The former speaker of the Norwegian parliament, Mr. Jo Benkow and the Norwegian Chair of the Holocaust Task Force, Mr. Tom Vraalsen were present at the ceremony together with representatives of the 27 member countries of the IT, participants at the plenary meeting of the ITF and representatives of the Jewish community in Norway.

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