About the center
The Norwegian Center for Holocaust and Minority Studies has two main fields of interest: the Holocaust on the one hand and religious minorities on the other. Within these two fields of interest the center contributes with new research, education and information activities, exhibitions and conferences.
The center was established in 2001 and has a cooperation agreement with the University of Oslo, as a result of a year-long process concerning the liquidation of the Norwegian Jews' economical status during the Second World War.
Norwegian Holocaust plays a key role in the research and educational activities at the center. We place our particular story in a wider European context.
Research at the center covers historical and contemporary antisemitism as well as studies of genocide and violations of human rights. We also focus on the historical and current situation of right-wing extremism, Iraqi and Myanmar minorities, Norwegian minorities, and their roles within a multi-cultural society.
In the beginning of 2005, the center moved to the historical building of Villa Grande. Villa Grande was during World War II the residence of the Norwegian collaborator and Nazi-leader, Vidkun Quisling. Villa Grande was then known as "Gimle", referring to the heavenly place in Asgard within Norse mythology.
With this symbolic act of re-appropriation, the center transforms the image of this monumental building. Once a house of shame it is now filled with activities in strong contrast to its former role.