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Benjamin Hermansen (May 29, 1985 – January 26, 2001) was a Norwegian-African boy whose father was born in Ghana, his mother was Norwegian. He was stabbed to death at Holmlia in Oslo, Norway, just before midnight on January 26, 2001 by people from the Neo-Nazi group BootBoys. Joe Erling Jahr, Ole Nicolai Kvisler and Veronica Andreassen were convicted of the murder and sentenced to 18, 17, and 3 years in prison respectively.(Andreassen was given a considerably lighter sentence because she had expressed some remorse over her actions during the trial.)


Popular response to the murder

Since the murder was motivated by racism, it mobilised large parts of the Norwegian population. Throughout the entire country, marches were organised to protest against the murder, with nearly 40,000 people participating in Oslo.[1]

"Song to Benjamin"

Hermansen was buried on February 6, 2001. Song to Benjamin, written by several of his friends for the service, was presented at his funeral.[2] The song was later recorded in studio by artists like Noora Noor and Briskeby.

The Benjamin Prize

In 2002, the Benjamin Prize was founded in Hermansen's memory. It is awarded on January 27 every year.

Michael Jackson's Invincible dedicated to Benjamin

Pop singer Michael Jackson dedicated his number-one album Invincible to Benjamin Hermansen (and also to his own parents and grandmother). The reason for this has partly to do with the fact that the Holmlia boy Omer Bhatti and Jackson were close friends, and Bhatti was at the same time a good friend of Benjamin Hermansen. On the album cover, next to the image of a rose, it reads:[3][4]

Michael Jackson gives "special thanks":

«This album is dedicated to Benjamin ‘Benny’ Hermansen. May we continue to remember not to judge man by the color of his skin, but the content of his Character. Benjamin … we love you … may you rest in peace.»


This article incorporates information from this version of the equivalent article on the Norwegian Wikipedia.

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