© Rami Kafarov - The Academic Director at the Oslo Jewish Museum, Mats Tangestuen at the opening of the exhibition

The shtetl – a lost world

On the 22nd of June, the Oslo Jewish Museum opened a new exhibition in the museum’s backyard. Who were the Jews who came to Norway at the end of the 19th century and into the 20th century? Where did they come from, and why did they leave their homeland? What kind of history, culture, and traditions did the Jews bring to Norway when they emigrated here? In the new exhibition, we seek to answer these questions.

The story of the shtetls, the small and larger villages in the former Tsarist Russia with a predominance of Jewish inhabitants, is told through pictures, objects, soundscapes and music, character descriptions, scenery, texts, and maps.

Here, you can find the museum’s web page of the exhibition.