Published February 5, 2017 by rochellewisoff

Hammerfest, Norway

This location was suggested by the talented Alicia over at Up From the Ashes . Thanks Alicia!

Feel free to stroll around using the Google street view and grab any picture you choose to include in your post.

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I’ve gone ‘there’ again. It’s what I saw. Thanks to K Rawson for hosting this group. Below is the photo I chose from Pegman’s Buffet.

My Chosen Prompt

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 150


            Do you know the word “Jew” is a common insult among Norwegian teens? Should this bother me? After all, I am a Norwegian Jew.  

            “If you prick us, do we not bleed?”

            Reptilian? I’ve been called this. Do people seriously believe this mishegoss—that Jews are lizard creatures from another planet?

            “If you tickle us, do we not laugh?”

             I will never forget holding my father’s hand as we strolled along a mountain path. Two youths shoved him and shouted, “Child murderer!”

             The memory of warm spittle dripping down my face sickens me still.

            “If you wrong us, do we not revenge?”

            Not in Norway. Instead, we hide in plain sight.

            Last summer a group of Hasidim invited all of us to a Jewish gathering in Oslo. We cranked up the music and danced in front of Parliament.

            I’ve heard that work makes us free, but we’re not falling for that again.  




Here is a link to the video that informed my story. It’s over 20 minutes long so I don’t expect everyone to have the time. However, if you do…


36 comments on “HATH NOT A JEW EYES?

    • Dear J Hardy,

      I’ve noticed the similarities. It’s disturbing. Although the Muslim stance on Jews is equally disturbing to me. I have to quote Rodney King. “Why can’t we all just get along?”
      At any rate, thank you for your comments.



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  • Wonderful post. I love it when folks write something that tugs at the heart, for we would all to do well to understand and know the stories of our past – good and bad. Our human history is fraught with incidences of one human thinking he/she is better than another human and is the starting point of strife. My heart bleeds over that history, but heals at knowing that we are trying to overcome…maybe not with the current US political situation, but I take solace in the fact that a lot of people are waking up.

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    • Dear Cynthia,

      I can only hope that we are learning. The video interviews made my heart stop. It’s one thing to reflect on history but to see that there are people who’ve learned nothing from it hurts. Thank you for your comments on my story. It was one I had to write.




  • Dear Rochelle,

    Brilliant. I am in awe of you, once again. And please, do continue “going there” because you shine oh so bright when you do.

    I am so disappointed to find out Norwegians are racist too… I don’t know why I thought they wouldn’ be…

    Now, back to the video…


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  • Thanks, once again, for opening our eyes to what’s going on the world. Just when you think you kind of know it all or at least suspect it all, there’s “one more thing.” You are so good at leading us to those things. Keep it up.

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    • Dear Iain,

      Yep, this one both saddened and frightened me. I never would’ve pegged Norway for being such an antisemitic country. I guess writing these stories is doing my part. Thank you for for reading and taking the time to comment.



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  • “If you prick” indeed. I have had similiar experiences as a Native American in my own country. It is sad. 500+ thousand live in my state, but you don’t see us for who we are because we hide behind the guises of society. But, we do gather amongst ourselves and dance, sing, drum, and eat til we passout from gluttony! 🙂 You might prick, but you CANNOT stab! We won’t allow it! 🙂 ❤ Love the story, Rochelle.

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    • Dear Jelli,

      You have put a mental image in my head, ie the dancing, singing, drumming and eating until you pass out. Sounds like great fun. Not enough can be said about how horribly your people have been treated. thank you for your kind words, kindred sister.



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  • Dear Rochelle

    I think that there is nowhere in the world from the Northern Lights, to the equator, to the Southern Hemisphere — North, South, East, or West — where someone is not prejudiced towards someone else. I despair. It’s ridiculous. We might have different pigmentation, but we all have the same colour blood. Although I do often question if everybody is in possession of a soul!

    Well told. I will return to watch the video and let you know what I think after.

    By the way, my bit of Norwegian blood is only prejudiced against the prejudiced…

    All best wishes,

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    • Dear Sarah,

      That video was horrifying to me. I knew nothing about Norway, so I started my usual digging with ‘famous Norwegians’ and went from there. Who knew the trail would end in such a dark place?
      I think if I were truly from another planet I’d be looking for a way to get back there.
      Thank you for stopping in for a read and a comment.



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  • It’s chilling to think…but I feel, especially in these last few months, that history is about to repeat itself.
    I ask my friends often…will we fight to stop it, or will we just stand by and watch?

    Thanks for giving us a reminder of what we must do.

    – Lisa

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    • Dear Lisa,

      We do live in “interesting times” don’t we? I hope and pray that history isn’t repeating itself but I’m not so sure. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my story. I feel it’s one of my most significant to date.



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