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U.S. Jews to Establish $1,000,000 School in Israel in Honor of Denmark

Detailed plans for the construction in Israel of a $1,000,000 high school as a tribute to the Danish people for their rescue of almost all of this country’s Jews from the Nazi holocaust in 1943 were announced here today by the UJA-Israel Education Fund at a reception to the donors to the Fund given by Crown Princess Margareth, Regent of Denmark. She greeted the group, all Americans, at the official royal residence, Christiansburg Palace.

Heading the delegation, and informing Denmark’s heir to the throne of the plans for the erection of a Denmark School in Israel, was Charles J. Bensley, president of the IEF. He presented the Crown Princess with a copy of a scroll to be placed in the new school’s cornerstone, which will be laid next week. The text of the scroll will cite “the brave people of Denmark who embraced, at high human cost, an additional national burden: The rescue of the Jews of that country during the Nazi holocaust.”

Groundbreaking ceremonies for the Denmark School will be held next Wednesday, Mr. Bensley said, in the heavily-populated southern belt area of Jerusalem, at Katamon. The institution will be a comprehensive high school and will have also a municipal library, a youth center, athletic field and a mother-child guidance clinic. The library is being sponsored by Joseph Meyerhoff, of Baltimore, chairman of the IEF. The Denmark School, Mr. Bensley said, will bring the number of secondary schools activated in Israel during the IEF’s first year of existence to 12.

Attending the reception given by the Crown Princess, in addition to Mr. Bensley and Mr. Meyerhoff, and their wives, were Robert Efroyson, of Indianapolis; Joseph Mazer, of New York; Laurence Schacht, South Orange, N.J.; Joseph Shane, Los Angeles; and Malcolm Woldenberg, New Orleans, all of whom are among the donors toward the construction of the Denmark School. Present also were the wives of the donors; Mr. Bensley’s son, Norman; and Ralph Goldman, director of the IEF.

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