President Rivlin meets Queen Margrethe II, pays tribute to Danish underground that saved Jews in WWII
President Reuven Rivlin launched his visit to Denmark today by placing a wreath in the memorial of the Danish underground movement which headed the rescue operation of the Jews in the Second World War.
“They saved the Jews in Denmark with determination and we appreciate it today as well,” the president said in a meeting with a Holocaust survivor.
Danish Defense Minister Claus Hjort Frederiksen accompanies Rivlin at the memorial, as well as survivor Salli Besiakov, who laid a second wreath.
“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,” the President’s Residence said in a statement.
Later during the day, Rivlin and his wife visited the royal palace for a personal meeting with the Queen of Denmark, Margrethe II.
Rivlin thanked the Queen for her personal involvement over the years in preserving the memory of the rescue of the Danish Jews and for the good relations with the Jewish community and the State of Israel.