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Jew in New Danish Cabinet

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A Danish Jew, Henry Grunbaum, has been appointed Minister of Finance in the new government of Premier Jens Otto Krag. The 60-year-old Grunbaum has already filled this post between 1965-68 and served as Minister for Economic Affairs in 1963. Two other Cabinet ministers in the new government are also know for their pro-Israeli stand though they themselves are not Jews: Minister of Transport Jens Kampmann and Minister for Cultural Affairs Niels Matiasen.

Kampmann has visited Israel on numerous occasions and his father, former Danish Premier Vigo Kampmann, is currently on a private visit there. As for the Prime Minister himself, he has also visited Israel and is, moreover, married to a well-known Jewish actress. Helle Virkner, who is active in Jewish affairs. Miss Virkner has played the title role in the Danish film “October Days” which narrates the story of the Jewish flight from Denmark to Sweden during the country’s wartime occupation.

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