After outcry, Holocaust survivors get access to Oslo Jewish nursing home

Following an outcry, a city in Norway has reversed its decision not to let two Holocaust survivors move to the country’s only Jewish nursing home in Oslo.

Yesterday, the Skien municipality held a City Council vote on the matter after earlier this year declining the request of Leif Arild, 86, and an older applicant because it “can provide a good and adequate offer” locally, as a municipal spokesperson told the Varden newspaper this week.

Varden ran an op-ed calling on Skien to reverse its decision, and the Jewish Community in Oslo also urged the municipality to allow the survivors to move.

A view of Skien, Norway (CC-BY SA Bitjungle/Wikimedia Commons)

Elderly Norwegians are eligible for state-funded housing solutions. If their needs cannot be met in their area of residence, they are referred to appropriate facilities elsewhere. The person’s municipality of residence shoulders the extra costs connected to the out-of-town referral. The municipality also evaluates the person’s application for referral.