Meeting Her Majesty

October 11, 2018 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Israel’s President and Mrs Rivlin have met Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark at the Amalienborg Palace.

Anders Samuelson, President Rivlin, QueenMargarethe and Nechama Rivlin Picture credit: Amalienborg Palace

Danish foreign minister Anders Samuelsen also participated in the meeting.

The president expressed his sorrow on the death of Prince Henrik, the Queen’s husband, earlier in the year.

President Rivlin thanked the Queen for her personal involvement over the years in commemorating the rescue of the Jews of Denmark, and for the good relations with the Jewish community and the State of Israel.

The President also talked about the developments in the bilateral relations between the two countries in civilian and military files, the opening of the Danish Innovation Center in Tel Aviv which is helping encourage cooperation in bilateral trade, science and R and D, and for the ongoing relations between the two countries in the fields of health, education, innovation, science and public policy.

President Rivlin invited the Queen to visit Israel soon.

President Reuven Rivlin began his visit to Denmark by laying a wreath at the monument to the Danish underground which led the effort to save the Jews of Denmark during the Second World War. The president was escorted by the Danish minister of defence, Mr. Claus Hjort Frederiksen.

Along with the president, holocaust survivor Salli Besiakov also laid a wreath at the monument to the Danish underground. Salli was rescued as a fifteen-year-old by the efforts of the underground. In October 1943, Salli and his family left their home for a safe house in Copenhagen. His life was saved when he was taken in a fishing boat to Sweden.

President and Mrs Rivlin shook his hand warmly and discussed his life. “The determination with which the Jews of Denmark were saved moves us even today,” said the president in his meeting with Besiakov.

President Rivlin is in Denmark at the invitation of the prime minister of Denmark, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, the Gribskov local council and the Gilleleje church for a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the rescue of over 7000 Danish Jews from Nazi persecution and their safe transfer to Sweden in October 1943.

The story of the rescue of the Jews of Denmark is one of the most remarkable in the history of the Holocaust. 90% of the Danish Jewish community was rescued and when they returned home they found that their property had been protected by their fellow Danes.


One Response to “Meeting Her Majesty”
  1. neville davis says:

    what/…a lovely story “indeed !!!

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