Norwegian Massacre Exhibition Opens Despite Fears It Will Be #039;Hall of Fame#039; To Terrorist

lt;pgt;The opening of an exhibition in Norway which includes items used by the mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik in his killing spree has prompted outrage from some of his victims#039; families, who fear the exhibition will become a quot;hall of famequot; to the right-wing extremist.lt;/pgt; lt;pgt;The 2011 attack, which occurred four years ago to the day on Wednesday, left 77 dead and over 100 injured. It was the worst peacetime atrocity in Norway#039;s history.lt;/pgt; lt;pgt;The exhibition, set up by the government, opened yesterday in the government building in central Oslo where Breivik killed his first eight victims after detonating a powerful bomb. After the bomb went off, Breivik travelled to Utøya island outside Oslo where he shot dead 69 people, most of them teenagers attending a summer camp run by the Labour Party. He subsequently defended his attacks as a warning of a quot;lt;a href=quot;http://www.news.com.au/world/anders-breivik-claims-killings-were-to-prevent-muslim-invasion-as-trial-ends/story-e6frfkyi-1226406080308quot; rel=quot;nofollowquot;gt;Muslim invasionlt;/agt;quot; of Europe.lt;/pgt; lt;pgt;The exhibition includes his fake police identity card and the remains of the van in which he planted the bomb, along with a comprehensive collection of photos, excerpts from surveillance videos in the government centre, and filmed interviews with lt;a href=quot;http://www.tnp.no/norway/panorama/5017-norway-opens-22-july-exhibitionquot; rel=quot;nofollowquot;gt;witnesseslt;/agt;.lt;/pgt; lt;pgt;quot;It#039;s regrettable that the attacker is getting the attention he always sought,quot; Tor Oestboe, whose wife was among those killed in Oslo, told lt;a href=quot;http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/15/us-norway-breivik-idUSKCN0PP1KW20150715quot; rel=quot;nofollowquot;gt;Reuterslt;/agt;, adding his concerns that the exhibition would become a quot;hall of famequot; for the mass murderer.lt;/pgt; lt;pgt;His views were echoed by the political historian Oeystein Soerensen, who argued in lt;a href=quot;http://www.dagbladet.no/2015/07/16/kultur/22_juli/utstilling/auf/terror/40164283/quot; rel=quot;nofollowquot;gt;Norway#039;s Dagbladet newspaperlt;/agt; last week that the exhibition could become quot;a kind of twisted Meccaquot; for right-wing extremists.lt;/pgt; lt;pgt;John Christian Elden, a lawyer for some of the survivors of the attack, also voiced his objections, arguing that Osama bin Laden#039;s possessions would not be displayed at the site of the 9/11 attacks in New York. He wrote on Twitter: quot;A Breivik museum in the government complex? No thank you. Send the goods to the National Museum of Justice in Trondheim instead.quot;lt;/pgt; lt;pgt;However, the exhibition has been defended by others, including some of the victims#039; families, who say it will help Norway come to terms with its past.lt;/pgt; lt;pgt;quot;The information centre should spread knowledge in order to prevent hatred, violence and terrorism,quot; the Norwegian prime minister, Erna Solberg, lt;a href=quot;http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3170847/Nightmarish-exhibition-featuring-items-used-Anders-Breivik-slaughter-77-innocent-people-four-years-ago-today-shrine-bloody-legacy.htmlquot; rel=quot;nofollowquot;gt;saidlt;/agt; at the opening of the exhibition on Wednesday.lt;/pgt; lt;pgt;NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was prime minister of Norway at the time of the massacre and attended commemoration ceremonies held on Wednesday. quot;July 22 is a dramatic event in the history of Norway. It cannot be hushed up, but must be treated with the dignity and respect that such a brutal incident must be dealt with,quot; he said, according to the lt;a href=quot;http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-33622388quot; rel=quot;nofollowquot;gt;BBClt;/agt;.lt;/pgt; lt;pgt;Breivik, 36, is serving a 21-year prison sentence in solitary confinement, although this could be extended if he is still deemed a threat. Earlier this month it was lt;a href=quot;http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-33571929quot; rel=quot;nofollowquot;gt;reportedlt;/agt; that Breivik had won a place to study political science at Oslo university, although he will have no contact with staff or students as he will study from his cell in prison.lt;/pgt; lt;pgt;A study published also on Wednesday revealed that more than half of the parents of the victims of Breivik are still too traumatised to return to full-time work. Six out of 10 still struggle with intense grief, and two out of three still have symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, according to the lt;a href=quot;http://psykologisk.no/sp/2015/07/e13/quot; rel=quot;nofollowquot;gt;Scandinavian Psychologistlt;/agt;.lt;/pgt;