Artifact of the month for October
Isak Meyer Bersohn (1902 – 1943)
Isak Meyer Bersohn was born in Oslo in 1902 as the eldest son of David Heimann Bersohn (b.1863 in Lithuania) and Rosa (b. Friedlander). After completing theoretical and practical horticulture school he became a trained gardener. The family eventually moved to Jevnaker where his father David ran a textile shop. His mother Rosa was from the late 1920s admitted to a psychiatric home. She was for unknown reasons not registered as a Jew and died on Ingeborgrud in Nes municipality in 1946. Isak, his brother Markus (b.1904) and David were all arrested on the 26th of October 1942 and sent to Berg via Bredtveit. Exactly one month later they were deported to Auschwitz. All were killed.
Isaac Bersohns driving license has got the number 5656 and was issued by Western Opland police on the 12th of October 1933. It is a gift to the museum from Rolf Theil, who found the driver’s license when he was rehabilitating his house on Jevnaker. It had been been placed in a crack in the wall, most likely by Isak Bersohn himself, ahead of his arrest on the 26th of October 1942.