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Welcome to Thanks To Scandinavia Insider.
Meet the Class of 2018-19: Our largest class yet with 17 scholars! 

 

First row left to right: Ragnhild Bruland, August Finkas, Deniza Georgieva, Heidi Elisabeth Hesjevoll, Elitza Koeva, Pauliina Patana  Second row left to right: Stoyan Madin, Sofie H. Mathiasen, Tuure-Eerik Niemi, Victoria Nilsson, Vibeke Strøm, Kristian Torp Third row left to right: Elvira Sihvola, Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein, Johanna Snell, Iida Tikka, Peter Vang Uttenthal

The diverse studies of these 17 impressive graduate students range from environmental engineering, global governance reform, international youth media and creative dance mentorship to international law, chamber music competition, social justice for refugees, analytical chemistry and advanced mathematics.   They are studying at 12 universities around the country:  Universities of Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Washington, Southern California and Texas, Cornell, Harvard, Georgetown, Columbia, City College, The New School and Pace.
 
We wish all of them great success as they strive for positive change in the world and we thank all of our donors for making it possible to provide a record number of scholarships! You can find more details and full bios of our scholars on our website.
Laurie Netter Sprayregen
President 
Kelly Ramot 
Executive Director
This October, we brought members of our Class of 2018-19 to the Big Apple for a weekend of programs hosted by TTS President Laurie Sprayregen and Executive Director Kelly Ramot. The events included:
 
* Seminars at the Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights, including a presentation by Leo Goldberger, who was rescued out of Denmark in 1943 at age 13. The institute is named for Olga Lengyel, a Hungarian Jewish prisoner at the Auschwitz-Birkenau, who later wrote about her experiences in the book Five Chimneys.
 
* Danish Consulate Cocktail Reception commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Danish rescue of the Jews, hosted by Ambassador, Consul General Anne Dorte Riggelsen at her residence.
 
* Food Tour of the Lower East Side, the iconic portal which served as the first home for millions of Irish, Jews, Italians, Poles, Germans, and Chinese entering NY through Ellis Island. Despite gentrification, the indelible mark of these immigrants is still reflected today in historic eateries such as Katz’s Delicatessen (1888), Russ & Daughters (1914), Kossar’s Bagels & Bialys (1936), Essex Street Market (1940), Yonah Schimmel Knishery (1910), and Economy Candy (1937).
 
* Dinner reception hosted by TTS President Laurie Sprayregen and her husband Philip. The dinner was also attended by TTS board members and Ms. Sprayregen’s mother Alice Netter, widow of TTS co-founder Richard Netter.
On October 29, we joined with The Museum of Jewish Heritage to co-sponsor Encountering Genocide: The Legacy of Civil Resistance Against the Nazis.” Two panels featuring scholars from both sides of the Atlantic explored the meaning of the 75th anniversary of the resistance against Nazi persecution of Danish Jews, the factors that contributed to this civil action, and what history can teach us about taking action in our own time.
This podcast, taped with TTS Executive Director Kelly Ramot and the Danish Consul General of Denmark, is approximately 30 minutes in length and covers the story of TTS, the rescues, our scholars, and the Consulate's role in New York. You can download it here, or search for WFUV's Cityscape podcast/radio show.
Joachim Holmboe Rønneberg, a highly decorated Norwegian Army officer and broadcaster known for his WWII resistance work, passed away in October at the age of 99.  Notably, at the age of 23, he commanded a breathtakingly daring operation in which a six-man team parachuted into the Hardangervidda plateau setting off explosives that halted Nazi efforts to produce heavy water, a necessary ingredient for the manufacture of atomic bombs. Read his fascinating story in The New York Times.
“I want to send out a monumental thank you to TTS for granting me the Wergeland and Holst Summer Scholarship, enabling me to attend the one-month Jerusalem Ulpan at the Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I am humbled and incredibly grateful for this opportunity to improve my Hebrew. I want to especially thank my teachers Ester Amon and Tsuki Shai (in photo above), whose competence, professionalism and creativity has made this course so much fun and a phenomenal learning experience. I encourage those of you with a penny or two to spare to send TTS a donation.” – Lukas Häusler on facebook
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Help us keep alive the vision of Richard Netter and Victor Borge to pay forward the debt owed to ordinary people who performed extraordinary acts of courage on behalf of their Jewish neighbors during World War II by making a donation today.
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Upcoming Events of Interest
January 24, 8PM
Leif Ove Andsnes in Piano Concert
Carnergie Hall Stern Auditorium
Through January 31, 2019
Learning to Remember
An exhibition at The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, which is commemorating 20 years of service with special exhibitions, programs, and events
Through March 24, 2019
Denmark, October 1943: Occupation and Resistance
An exhibition at Iowa’s Museum of Danish Heritage co-sponsored by TTS
Contact Information
Kelly Ramot, Executive Director, Thanks To Scandinavia
2218 Broadway, Suite 205, New York, NY 10024
info@thankstoscandinavia.org; www.thankstoscandinavia.org


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