Johan Jørgen Holst

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Johan Jørgen Holst
Johan Jørgen Holst, Pentagon 1993-03-16 (cropped).JPEG
Holst in March 1993
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
2 April 1993 – 13 January 1994
Prime MinisterGro Harlem Brundtland
Preceded byThorvald Stoltenberg
Succeeded byBjørn Tore Godal
Minister of Defence
In office
3 November 1990 – 2 April 1993
Prime MinisterGro Harlem Brundtland
Preceded byPer Ditlev-Simonsen
Succeeded byJørgen Kosmo
In office
9 May 1986 – 16 October 1989
Prime MinisterGro Harlem Brundtland
Preceded byRolf Presthus
Succeeded byPer Ditlev-Simonsen
Personal details
Born(1937-11-29)29 November 1937
Oslo, Norway
Died13 January 1994(1994-01-13) (aged 56)
Nesodden, Norway
Political partyLabour Party
Spouse(s)Marianne Heiberg

Johan Jørgen Holst (29 November 1937 – 13 January 1994) was a Norwegian politician representing Labour, best known for his involvement with the Oslo Accords.

Holst was Minister of Defence from 1987 to 1989 and from 1991 to April 1993. He then became Minister of Foreign Affairs, a position he held to his death. During his time in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs he was heavily involved in the process that led to the Oslo Accords. He suffered a minor stroke in December 1993 and was admitted to a hospital. He never fully recovered and died a month later. His wife Marianne Heiberg later said that he had worked himself to death with the peace process.

In his memory, the city of Gaza created the Holst Park, an activity center for children of Gaza from 6 to 16. Holst was educated at Oslo Cathedral School, where he completed his examen artium in 1956. He then completed his mandatory military service at the prestigious Russian language program of the Norwegian Armed Forces. He then studied at Columbia College of Columbia University, where he obtained his A.B. and where he was honored him with its John Jay Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement shortly after his death—the first time the prize had been given posthumously. Through his marriage Mr. Holst was the uncle of Jens Stoltenberg, the prime minister of Norway throughout central parts of the 2000s. Friends of Israel in the Norwegian Labour Movement (Norwegian: Venner av Israel i Norsk Arbeiderbevegelse), planted a forest to his memory in Israel.

References[edit]

  • "Johan Jørgen Holst" (in Norwegian). Storting.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Rolf Presthus
Minister of Defence
1986–1989
Succeeded by
Per Ditlev-Simonsen
Preceded by
Per Ditlev-Simonsen
Minister of Defence
1990–1993
Succeeded by
Jørgen Kosmo
Academic offices
Preceded by
John Sanness
Director of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs
1981–1986
Succeeded by
Kjell Skjelsbæk
Preceded by
Kjell Skjelsbæk
Director of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs
1989–1990
Succeeded by
Olav Fagelund Knudsen