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Advocates and Allies: Pastor Per Faye-Hansen

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Life: 1919–1992

Why you should know him: Per Faye-Hansen was a Norwegian pastor who risked his life during World War II to save many Jews from certain death, and who, after the war, founded churches in the Holy Land.

In October 1942, the Jews of Norway were being rounded up. Per Faye-Hansen, a pastor in Norway, created a hiding place for these Jewish refugees, in a flower shop. The Jews were then sneaked away in trucks to other hiding spots until they at last reached the freedom of the Swedish border.

After the war, Pastor Faye-Hansen continued his relationship with the Jewish people by founding the Scandinavian Seaman's Church in Haifa, Israel. He planted a second such church in the Israeli city of Ashdod in 1969. While working to bridge the relationship between Christians and Jews, he also founded the Carmel Institute, whose purpose was "pointing out the fulfillment of prophecies in Israel today, and to proclaim it within the Nordic countries and in Israel."

But it was Pastor Per Fay-Hansen's heroic and selfless actions during the Holocaust – actions which saved the lives of many Jews – that found him named Righteous Among the Nations in 2007.

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