This week marked the 75th anniversary of Denmark’s refusal to hand over its Jews to the Nazis. From King Christian X downward, the Danes protected their Jewish countryman. Denmark managed to evacuate 7,220 of its 7,800 Jews, plus 686 non-Jewish spouses, by sea to nearby neutral Sweden.
Jews in several of the Nordic nations (Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Iceland) are increasingly fearing for their religious futures after Denmark moved a step closer to passing a law banning infant circumcision. One rabbi sees this as a reenactment of a macabre story told in the bible symbolizing an attempt to cut off the thin connection binding heaven and earth.