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If you’re wondering why we’re picturing a Norway Spruce, it’s because, like this majestic and hearty evergreen, TTS grows stronger every year. Since our start in 1963, we’ve invested $7 million in scholarships, underwriting graduate studies for 3,500 enterprising Scandinavian students at nearly 200 universities.
 
Our extended roots crisscross the Atlantic, intertwining our scholars, their families, and their university teachers along with nearly 1,000 of our benefactors, board members, and friends into a strong and unique family.
 
We thank you for supporting our own ever-growing and ever-mighty “TTS Family Tree,” and wish you a very Happy New Year!
Laurie Netter Sprayregen
President 
Kelly Ramot 
Executive Director
David Bloch co-founded and was general counsel of Iron Creek Ventures, a private equity firm. He is a Foundation Fellow of Corpus Christi College, one of the oldest of the 38 self-governing colleges at the University of Oxford, and sits on its endowment investment committee. He also serves on the boards of private funds and as an investment and governance issues adviser to charitable institutions.
Nancy Petschek-Kohn is a Holocaust and Anti-Bias Educator/ Facilitator and Human Rights advocate, and former director of the Louise and Arde Bulova Juvenile Anti-Bias Education Project, a collaboration of the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center and the Anti-Defamation League. She co-created the educational project “Children & Artists of Terezin” based on her interviews of Czech survivors of Theresienstadt, and serves on the Boards of American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Racist Alliance. 
Zoya Raynes is Global Head of Marketing and Investor Relations at Amber Capital. She is president of the Jewish Communal Fund, and serves on the boards of the Council of Young Jewish Presidents and UJA NY’s Investment Management Division, as well as the executive committee of the Jewish Community Relations Council, and executive board of the Jewish Heritage Program. She also serves as treasurer of Congregation Shearith Israel (the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue), and is a 2012 Wexner Heritage Program Fellow. 
On November 6, the byline of TTS Scholar Kalle Mattila (Class of 2015) appeared for a second time in The New York Times. Kalle is a student from Finland pursuing a MFA degree in Creative Writing at Columbia University.
READ HIS STORY
You’ve been steadily supporting TTS since 2004. How did you learn about us?

Ron’s father, Philippe Grelsamer, was a good friend of Richard Netter, cofounder of course of TTS, going back to the Ice Age. He therefore grew up hearing about TTS’s terrific work.
 
Is there a special reason you’ve been drawn to our cause?

Gratitude. It's important not to forget the people who have helped you – even with the passage of time.
 
You’ve attended several TTS events attended by our young scholars. What can you tell us about these experiences?

These are all life-affirming occasions. The TTS scholars are bright, energetic and all poised to make the world a better place. They carry the torch of working for the greater good.
 
Do you have family history relating to WWII and/or the Holocaust?  

Not directly. Both of Ron’s parents’ families escaped Europe in 1939 – but every Jewish person has one degree of separation with someone who was personally devastated by World War II and/or the Holocaust. Ron’s parents, for example, were good friends with a French woman whose parents had been killed by the Nazis; she herself had been captured as a child but escaped death. She might have been the only French Jewish child captured by the Nazis to avoid the final solution.

What meaning do you think WWII rescues of the Danish and Bulgarian Jews holds for us today?

It’s becoming acceptable, if not fashionable, to turn our backs on persecuted minorities. Organizations like TTS are reminders of who we should be. Jewish people should be particularly sensitive to this.
 Every December, the city of Oslo donates a Norway Spruce to Washington’s National Mall in gratitude for American aid during WWII. And a Norway Spruce is often the central feature of Rockefeller Center’s holiday decorations. Last month’s goliath (pictured above) soared 72 feet with a 45-foot diameter and estimated weight of 12 tons…A magnificent presence topped with a new Swarovski star designed by architect Daniel Libeskind, designer of Copenhagen’s Danish Jewish Museum.
In this new collection of haunting images, internationally recognized photographer Judy Glickman Lauder documents lasting reminders of the evil wrought against humanity during WWII, balanced by uplifting depictions of Danish Jews who survived, thanks to a country-wide effort to protect them. Ms. Lauder’s photographs are represented in many public and private collections, including the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Whitney Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the U.S. Holocaust Museum, and are represented in two traveling exhibitions, Holocaust: The Presence of the Past and Resistance and Rescue: Denmark's Response to the Holocaust.  Read The New York Times review of this book.
YourLocal founders Kasper K. Nielsen (left) and Sebastian Dueholm (right) started their app in Copenhagen in 2015

Two young Danes are bringing theirYourLocal” app to New York to help users save money and fight food waste with their favorite neighborhood shops and eateries. Read about their efforts in The Official Medium Blog for the Consulate General of Denmark in New York.
 
Also, New York is benefitting from Copenhagen’s experience with flood control through a partnership to create open areas that can serve as “sponges” to keep water out of city sewers when they’re overwhelmed during such events as Superstorm Sandy. Read more about this initiative.
Click on the link, bookmark it for future use, and start shopping! 
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 23, 10AM
Setting Strong Sales Foundations
A workshop targeted to both startups and experienced business owners. Organized by Nordic Innovation House, which provides mentoring to enable Nordics to succeed in New York.
April 11, 8PM
NY Scandia Symphony Concert
NYC Scandia Symphony has served NYC communities with innovative and creative programs of Scandinavian music for 28 years. Hear them in concert at Symphony Space, NYC.
Ongoing
Americans and the Holocaust: How Did US Citizens Respond?
Exhibition at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington DC, embracing a series of lectures and events
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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