Seventy years after Norway helped send hundreds of Jews to Auschwitz, the nation's police have apologized for their role in rounding up and deporting people to Nazi concentration camps.
The sober words from the Norwegian national police commissioner mark the first such apology from Norwegian police. After being invaded and occupied by Germany, Norway deported 772 Jews on ships leaving Oslo during the war. Only 32 of the people survived.
The vast majority were expelled from Norway on Nov. 26, 1942, when 532 Jewish people were loaded onto the Donau. It was the first leg of their journey to Auschwitz.
"Norwegian police officers participated in the arrest and deportation of Jews," police commissioner Odd Reidar Humlegard was quoted by Reuters as saying Monday. "It is fitting that I express my regret for the role police played in the arrest and deportation of these completely innocent victims."