The world movement NIDS held in the Knesset presentation of books in Russian and Hebrew, the former head of the Norwegian Parliament yo Benkova – Jew, a Holocaust survivor, a fighter of the Second world war, politician, philosopher and writer.
«He was a proud Jew who cared for their origins, and a staunch supporter of Israel,» – said the head of the party «Our home Israel» Avigdor Lieberman at the opening ceremony.
Lieberman, as Minister of foreign Affairs learned the fate Benkova from his Norwegian counterpart Borge Brende and invited to be published in Israel in Hebrew and Russian books Benkova. One of them is «From the synagogue to the Parliament» concerning the Jewish origin of the author, and in it he describes in detail not only about himself and his family, but also about Jewish traditions, lifestyle and identity.
The publication was produced by the charity Fund «the Genesis». In Russian and Hebrew for the first time two books were published Bankova: «From synagogue to Parliament and Olaf – the king» (biography of the king of Norway written materials on personal conversations with the monarch).
«It was important that the books yo Benkova was an event, – said General Director of the world movement NIDS Alex Rural. – He’s an example of how it could and should behave a Jew, who took high office in Gentile country. Many of them are trying not to emphasize his Jewish identity and to prove loyalty to their government’s negative attitude towards Israel. Benkov did exactly the opposite and enjoyed indisputable authority in Norway».
The presentation was attended by Chairman of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein, Chairman of the society of friendship «Israel-Norway», Knesset member Aliza Lavi («Yesh Atid»), heads of Fund «the Genesis» Sana Britavskaya and Gennady Gazin, especially for this event first visited Israel in the rank of head of Foreign Affairs Minister for foreign Affairs of Norway børge Brende, who began his political career as an aide and speechwriter yo Benkova.
«Our experience in the development and strengthening of Jewish identity of Russian-speaking Jews worldwide, has shown how great the need of our community in knowledge about the history of the Jews of the Diaspora, and especially about such personalities as yo of Benkov. I’m sure these books will find a ready audience among Russian-speaking Jewish youth, involved in educational projects in Israel and in their communities», said the Deputy Director General and head of the content Fund «Genesis» Sana Britavskaya.
Yo Benkov (Josef Elias Benkovich was born 15 August 1924 in Trondheim in a Jewish family who moved to Norway from Russia. His father and grandfather were professional photographers, and yo too in his youth worked in a photo Studio. During the Second world war, yo Benkova with his father, brother and uncle managed to escape from Norway to Sweden; the rest of the family perished in Auschwitz. In 1944 Benkov served in the Norwegian air force in the UK and Canada. In the 1950s he started his political career in the ranks of the conservative party Here, he held a number of elected positions, in 1965, became the first Jewish member of the Storting (Parliament). In 1981-85, Benkov was Chairman of the party Here, and then he was elected President of the Storting. As a member of the Parliament of Benkov sought to strengthen the Norwegian-Israeli relations and led the fight for the right of repatriation of Soviet Jews to Israel. In 1985 Benkov published an autobiography, «From the synagogue to Lion mountain» («mountain Lion» is the popular name of the Storting), which was a great success. Along with memories of childhood, family and the Jewish milieu in which he grew up, Benkof writes about Jewish customs and faith, about anti-Jewish prejudice, about discrimination against Jews in the Soviet Union, about Jewish history and about the «turning point in Jewish identity», which was the creation of the Jewish state. Yo Benkov died in 2013 in Oslo.