Denmark

Jews are at heart of Denmark's tolerance project. They must not be barricaded in

By Bo Lidegaard, February 26, 2015

The attack on the synagogue in Copenhagen two weeks ago, which left a volunteer guard dead, is a challenge to the unusual relationship between Danish Jews and the rest of Danish society.

Jews have been well integrated for more than 200 years. This has resulted in a strong, commonly-held feeling that there is no contradiction between being Jewish and being Danish.

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Denmark was a light during the Shoah, but today it is failing us

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 19, 2015

Few nations, if any, have stood by their Jewish community as the Danish people did during the Holocaust.

For three years during German occupation, they stood strong against Nazi demands to persecute the local Jews.

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The music went off. We knew something bad was happening

By Stephanie Brickman, February 19, 2015

At midnight on Saturday night, people in the Jewish community building behind Copenhagen's Synagogue were dancing and having fun, celebrating the batmizvah of Hannah Bentow.

At 12.30, a volunteer guard ran in, shouting that the music had to be turned off.

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Ultimately, we can only uproot this ideology with education

By Anthony Glees, February 19, 2015

There were two sorts of victim in Copenhagen, exactly as in Paris: one was free speech under the law, the other the Jews.

In the case of Paris, the attack on Charlie Hebdo followed many earlier attacks on French Jews and then, before Christmas, on shoppers in various parts of the Republic.

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Malmo ups security

By Nathalie Rothschild, February 19, 2015

Swedish Jews were in shock after this weekend's shootings in the Danish capital, according to Jehoshua Kaufman, president of the Jewish community in Malmö, southern Sweden.

Malmö is a 20-minute train ride from Copenhagen, and is known for its high number of antisemitic hate crimes.

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Interview: Michael Melchior

By Nathan Jeffay, February 19, 2015

Israel's best-known Danish immigrant has sworn that his shock over Sunday's attack will not deter his dialogue with Muslims.

Former politician Michael Melchior is the father of Denmark's Chief Rabbi, whose pulpit is at the synagogue where the attack took place.

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Two men charged with helping Copenhagen gunman

By Marcus Dysch, February 16, 2015

Two men have been charged with assisting the man believed to be responsible for the attacks on a shul and a café over the weekend in Copenhagen.

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Danes back demands for a ban on brit

By Nathalie Rothschild, October 30, 2014

Doctors, human-rights advocates and members of the Jewish and Muslim communities have joined politicians for a circumcision debate in the Danish parliament.

It took place a day after the publication of a poll showing that 74 per cent of Danes support a ban on non-medical male circumcision.

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Great Danes — the story of the wartime rescue

By Sandy Rashty, February 28, 2014

As a former diplomat and the current editor of leading Danish newspaper Politiken, Bo Lidegaard knows how to report a good story. He certainly does so in his new book, Countrymen: The untold story of how Denmark’s Jews escaped the Nazis.

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Protests over Danish ban on shechita

By Nathalie Rothschild, February 20, 2014

There were strong reactions from both Jewish and Muslim communities in Denmark after the Danish government decided to ban ritual slaughter.

Agriculture and Food Minister Dan Jørgensen signed a regulation forbidding slaughter that is not preceded by stunning, which means it will be impossible to carry out kosher and halal slaughter.

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