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This March marked the 75th anniversary of the rescue of the Bulgarian Jews during the Holocaust.  Despite being allied with Nazi Germany, Bulgaria, due to the efforts of the Church, individual citizens, and government officials, refused to deliver its 48,000 Jewish citizens for deportation.  

Each year on March 10th, Bulgaria observes the Day of the Rescue of the Bulgarian Jews and of the Victims of the Holocaust and of the Crimes against Humanity.  In honor of the 75th anniversary of the rescue, the Shalom Organization of the Jews in Sofia, Bulgaria launched a national program - “75 years – The unforgettable people of the rescue”. Bulgaria also announced a companion campaign encouraging the country’s media to sign a petition opposing all hate speech, in line with Bulgaria’s traditions of mutual tolerance.  Locally, TTS joined a very special program sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Bulgaria to the UN celebrating the 75th anniversary of the rescue.

In recognition of Bulgaria’s courageous protection of its Jewish citizens, in 2002 TTS began awarding scholarships to Bulgarian graduate students studying in the US. Our Class of 2017-18 includes two scholars from Bulgaria: Deniza Georgieva, who is studying psychology at New York’s City College, and Margarita Pavlova, who is in the Cognitive & Brain Sciences Program at the University of Kansas.

To learn more about this amazing story, you can visit the TTS website, download this informational brochure, or check out this documentary film by Jacky Comforty.

The example set by the people of Bulgaria still serves as an inspiration to all, even 75 years after the fact.  The world could use more efforts like this!
Laurie Netter Sprayregen
Kelly Ramot 
Executive Director
On April 12,TTS President Laurie Netter Sprayregen and her husband Philip
hosted our annual Spring Reception in their home, bringing some of our Class of 2017-18 scholars together with our Board of Directors and supporters.  This was a particularly poignant day to celebrate our scholars as it was Holocaust Remembrance Day.  While we took a moment to mourn the loss of all who were killed during the Holocaust, we also remembered the bravery and compassion of the people Scandinavia and Bulgaria who protected their Jewish neighbors at great personal cost.  
All of our New York-based scholars attended, including Finland’s Hanna Nordenswan (NYU School of Visual Arts); Sweden’s Phillip Danielsson (Columbia Law School), Alexandra Linde (Manhattan School of Music), and Anna Larsson (Columbia University); Bulgaria’s Deniza Georgieva (City College of New York); Denmark’s Sofie Jensen (NYU School of Law); and Norway’s Anbjorg Knutsson (NYU Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service) and Even Kvelland (Columbia’s School of International & Public Affairs). We were also pleased to welcome Cami Hofstadter, former Finnish consul to South Florida, who is among our ardent supporters.
In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Danish and Bulgarian rescue of thousands of Jewish citizens during WWII, TTS is furthering our mission to promote these important stories by sharing our educational resources free of charge. Please let us know if you would like any of the books listed on our site (while supplies last).
On May 5, Seattle Washington’s Nordic Heritage Museum opens a new 57,000 square feet facility. Designed around a linear “fjord,” exhibits weave stories of the Nordic region together with legacy stories of immigrants from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden who - in the 19th and early 20th centuries- emigrated to the Pacific Northwest, where the dense woods and rugged coastline reminded them of home, and where they could put their timbering skills to work. For more information visit:
Charlotte Kalla 
After 19 days of competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, Norway came out on top, with 39 medals, crowned by 14 gold. In the men’s grueling 30 kilometer skiathlon, Norway took gold, silver and bronze, headlined by Simen Krueger, who achieved a “miracle in the snow,” beating a pack of 63 competitors despite an early crash where two rivals fell on top of him. Other events showcased the stamina, courage and skill of Scandinavians, including the women’s skiathlon, in which Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla won gold, the legendary 37-year-old Norwegian Marit Bjoergen won silver, and Krista Parmakoski of Finland took the bronze.
Help us keep alive the vision of Richard Netter and Victor Borge of Thanks To Scandinavia as paying forward the debt owed to ordinary people who performed extraordinary acts of courage on behalf of their Jewish neighbors during World War II.
Upcoming Events of Interest
May 23
Musical Treasures from Bulgaria
Performers Zlatomir Fung, Cello & Svetoslav Todorov, Piano Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
June 2
Grundlovsdag 2018
(Danish Constitution Day), honoring the 75th anniversary of the rescue of Danish Jewry in October 1943. Featuring special speakers, live music, raffle, informative exhibit from the Museum of Danish America titled "October 1943”, and more. Danish Home, Croton-on-Hudson, NY.
Through June 24
Contact Information
Kelly Ramot, Executive Director, Thanks To Scandinavia
366 Amsterdam Ave., Ste 205, New York, NY 10024 (347) 855-4109;

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