Denmark’s Heroic Rescue of Jews from Nazis Celebrated in Israel

Thousands of Israelis, including almost every Jewish immigrant from Denmark, attended the gala performance of the Copenhagen Male Choir at the Mann Auditorium here tonight. The concert was given in honor of a Danish delegation which arrived to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Denmark’s heroic rescue of Danish Jewry during the Nazi occupation.

The delegation consisted of former members of the Danish Resistance movement, fishermen who took part in the smuggling of some 6,000 of Denmark’s 8, 000 Jews to sanctuary in Sweden and members of the Israeli-Danish Friendship League. The delegation was headed by Prof. Richard Ege, who headed the rescue operation in 1943. The Jewish Agency, the World Jewish Congress and the Danish Society in Israel are hosts to the visitors,

(Johannes Boggard, a Dutch farmer who rescued 300 Jews from Nazi annihilation during World War II, by hiding them for various periods of time on his farm, is going to receive special recognition for his heroic humanity from Israel. Today, Brig. David Sealtiel, Israel’s Ambassador to The Netherlands, invited Mr. Boggard to come for a visit to Israel–as a guest of the Israel Government.)

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