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Per Faye-Hansen
Died 1992
Title Pastor
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Per Faye-Hansen (died 1992) was a Norwegian pastor who saved Jews, risking his life, during World War II.

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World War II

In October 1942, Faye-Hansen organized a temporary hiding place in a flower shop in Majorstuen for Jewish refugees. He meticulously arranged the escape of this group of Jews to Sweden with the utmost secrecy. They were transferred by lorry to Asker, outside Oslo, where they were hidden in a house that belonged to the underground. They were then taken to several other hiding places, until they reached the Swedish border.[1]

Post-war

The sign on the wall of Seaman’s Church in Ashdod in regard of Per Faye-Hansen

After the war, Faye-Hansen founded the Scandinavian Seaman’s Church in Haifa and in 1969 in Ashdod following the establishment of the port. He also served for a number of years as priest for Norwegians in Israel. Faye-Hansen subsequently published several books on Israel and religious themes. Throughout his life he remained committed to developing Norwegian-Israeli relations.[2] He also founded the Carmel Institute (Karmel-Instituttet), an organization dedicated to "pointing out the fulfillment of prophecies in Israel today, and to proclaim it within the Nordic countries and in Israel.".[3]

Righteous Among the Nations

On March 11th, 2007, the Commission for the Designation of the Righteous Among the Nations at Yad Vashem reached the decision to award the title of Righteous Among the Nations to the late Per Faye-Hansen of Norway. According to a press release from Yad Vashem, Faye-Hansen was recognized for his efforts during World War II in hiding Jews in Norway and assisting in their escape to Sweden.

References

  1. ^ Righteous Among the Nations, Norway. "Per Faye-Hansen". Yad Vashem. http://www1.yadvashem.org/righteous/bycountry/norway.html. Retrieved 2007-09-26.  
  2. ^ Bilateral Relations. "Per Faye-Hansen recognised as Righteous Among the Nations". Norway. The official site in Israel. http://www.norway.org.il/bilateral/culture/Faye-Hansen.htm. Retrieved 2007-09-26.  
  3. ^ "Om Karmel-Instituttet". Karmel-Instituttet. http://www.karmel.net/omkarmel.asp. Retrieved 2008-02-25.  
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