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Hadassah Honors Denmark for Rescuing Jews from Nazi Invaders

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The United Nations pledge to advance “human rights and fundamental freedom for all without distinction as to race, language or religion” should not be taken lightly by anyone, Aage Hessellund-Jensen, Danish Ambassador to the United Nations, today told more than 1,000 leaders and members of Hadassah.

The Ambassador spoke at a luncheon at which Hadassah cited his country’s–as well as his own–role in rescuing the Danish Jewish community from the Nazi invaders of Denmark in 1943. The function–postponed from November 25 due to the death of President John F. Kennedy–marked the 20th anniversary of the rescue of Danish Jewry.

At the same time, Hadassah Myrtle Wreath Achievement Awards were presented to Miss Marian Anderson, noted contralto and former member of the United States Delegation to the United Nations; Miss Fannie Hurst, noted author; and Dr. Thomas D. Dublin, chief of the Epidemiology and Biometry Branch of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. A posthumous award to Robert Frost, “America’s poet laureate,” was accepted by his daughter, Miss Lesley Frost. Mrs. Nathan D. Perlman, Hadassah’s national membership chairman, presented the awards.

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