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Bent Melchior


Bent Melchior was born in Germany in 1929, but in 1933 his Danish family moved back to Denmark. At the age of 14, Melchior escaped from the Gestapo during the German occupation of Denmark, and lived as a refugee in Sweden from 1943 – 1945. He later became Chief Rabbi of Denmark 1970 – 1996. Melchior became a member of The International Raoul Wallenberg Committee in 2003 and first and only honorary member of the Danish Refugee Council in 2008. Melchior has written numerous articles and books on issues relating to religion, Judaism and refugees and continues to be an outspoken advocate for the rights and conditions of refugees in Denmark today.

(updated June 2019)