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)
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This year the Copenhagen Fellowship 2020 focused on Denmark's relation to Greenland and the Faeroe Islands. Using a Human Rights lens we dove deep into the pressing realities of this often overlooked region and Denmark's role in shaping it. During the Fellowship, we hosted four open events where the Copenhagen public was invited to discuss related topics with our Fellows. All events tried to untangle the complex issues related to the Unity of the Realm, as well as understand what civic engagement and action means in 2020.