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Sammy Steinman zal

On 1 May 2015 ex-president Samuel "Sammy" Steinmann z''l passed away, 91 years old.

Sammy was one of the founding brothers of Norgeslosjen in 1952, and his passing represents a watershed in that we no longer have any of our founding brothers at our midst.

Of perhaps far more significance, Sammy was also the last survivor of all the Norwegian Jews who were deported to the concentration camps during the Second World War. In all, 772 Norwegian Jews were deported, of which only 34 returned.

After the war, Sammy returned to Oslo where he continued the family clothes business. He married and had three children, and was an active member of the Jewish community in Oslo, amongst other as president and active member of B'nai B'rith. Despite his social and outgoing nature, it was not until the early 1990s that Sammy first started talking about the horrors he endured during the war. Since then, and until the very end, he gave testimony in public, to schools, universities and on TV, not least in the 2012 TV documentary "The Tram to Auschwitz" which focuses on Sammy's story from when he was arrested by Norwegian police and escorted on the tram to the centre of Oslo, until returning to Oslo on 17 May 1945. For his tireless efforts Sammy was awarded the King's Medal of Merit (Gold) in 2012.

As a sign of respect to Sammy, and also to the other Norwegian Jews who perished and to the Norwegian Jewish community of today, Sammy's funeral was attended by H.R.H King Harald, the Prime Minister and other senior Norwegian officials.

Our deepest condolences go out to Sammy's family and friends.

On behalf of B'nai B'rith Norgeslosjen,

Alexander Levi