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  • PLO to Open Finland Office

    The PLO will open an office in Helsinki in the near future, Prime Minister Kalevi Sorsa of Finland said several days ago. In an interview, Sorsa stated that Finland views the PLO as the legitimate representative of the Palestinian people. The Finnish leader was in Austria last week on an official visit during which he… More ▸

  • Britain Promises Sweden to Help Ascertain Truth of Wallenberg’s Fate

    Britain has promised Sweden its help in making renewed efforts to ascertain the truth about the fate of missing diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, the legendary savior of Jews in Hungary during the Nazi occupation of that country in World War II. Malcolm Rifkind, Parliamentary Undersecretary at the Foreign Office, gave Sweden an “unqualified assurance” that Britain… More ▸

  • Swedish Labor Party Cancels Invite to Peres to Attend May Day Fete

    Israel’s Labor Party has expressed surprise and shock at the Swedish Labor Party’s action in cancelling its invitation to Shimon Peres to attend May Day observances in Stockholm this year. Peres has sent a cable to Swedish Social Democratic leader Olaf Palme protesting the cancellation. The Swedes said the cancellation was due to differences within… More ▸

  • Sweden Urged to Use Red U-boat As Leverage to Free Wallenberg

    The Swedish government is being urged not to release a Soviet submarine which stranded off the Swedish coast last week until the Soviet government releases Raoul Wallenberg. According to Rep. Tom Lantos (D. Calif.), “The government and people of Sweden now have a golden opportunity to right the horrible wrong done to Raoul Wallenberg over… More ▸

  • Stockholm Jewish Community Now Has Two American Rabbis

    The 8,000-member Jewish community here now has two American rabbis with the appointment of Arthur Lavinsky of New York City. The Chief Rabbi is Morton Narrowe, from Philadelphia, who has served the congregation since 1965. He leads the Conservative services at the Great Synagogue on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings. Lavinsky will concentrate on the… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines the Jews of Denmark

    The country’s youngest Jewish organization, established by the Chief Rabbi last year, is the Society for Danish Jewish History, which sponsored its second Nordic Congress on Judaica June 14-17. The opening setting was the Jewish Department in the Royal Library, but most of the sessions were held at the community’s central address, a large, renovated… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines the Jews of Denmark

    Services in the Synagogue in Copenhagen “follows the Orthodox ritual” and all “institutions of the community are conducted in accordance with the strict requirements of Jewish traditional law,” to quote the Synagogue brochure. A smaller congregation (of about 35 families) and described in the Jewish Tourist Guide as “a very observant, Aguda-like community” is also… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines the Jews of Denmark

    The House of David in Denmark is not only small, and getting smaller, but it is now a house divided. In mid-June, a serious split in the governing council of the official Jewish Community of Denmark hardened into open confrontation, with the struggle rating attention even in the general Danish media. By a 4-3 vote,… More ▸

  • U.s., Canada, Norway Boycott Dinner After Israel is Barred

    The United States, Canada and Norway boycotted a dinner last night given by the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in honor of the opening of the International Conference on Kampuchia because the hosts withdrew an invitation to Israel. Secretary of State Alexander Haig, who was expected to attend the dinner, declined to participate… More ▸