Denmark

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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Denmark bans shechita to 'put animal rights before religion'

By Daniel Easterman, February 13, 2014

The Danish government has banned shechita, saying "animal rights come before religion".

Denmark's Agriculture and Food Minister Dan Jørgensen yesterday signed a regulation preventing Danish slaughterhouses from applying for an exemption to pre-stunning, which effectively bans any religious slaughter in the country.

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Holocaust rescue ship now Norfolk pub and music venue

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 24, 2013

A ship used as a floating bar and restaurant in Norfolk helped rescue Danish Jews in the Holocaust, it has been revealed.

The Albatros was Europe’s last functioning cargo sailing ship until 2008, when it made its final commercial voyage.

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Manchester’s Danes mark a wartime miracle

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 12, 2013

At early-morning prayers on the eve of Rosh Hashanah in 1943, the acting Danish Chief Rabbi Dr Marcus Melchior made a shock announcement.

The Nazis occupying the country were planning to deport the entire Jewish population to concentration camps.

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Great café life, but hate stirs under the surface in Copenhagen

By Liam Hoare, February 15, 2013

In contrast to life across the sound in Malmö — where the mayor once famously stated, “We accept neither antisemitism nor Zionism”, and the Jewish community centre was bombed last September — Copenhagen’s Jews have traditionally felt few threats. “A Jew in Denmark can live a life without problems or fear of being a Jew,” says Chief Rabbi Bent Lexner.

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