Bilateral Relations

Per Faye-Hansen recognised as Righteous Among the Nations

On 3 June 2007, Norwegian Per Faye-Hansen was posthumously recognised as a Righteous Among the Nations during a ceremony in the Gardens of the Righteous at Yad Vashem. 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.

After the war, Faye-Hansen founded the Scandinavian Seaman’s Church in Haifa, and served for a number of years as priest for Norwegians in Israel. He subsequently published several books on Israel and religious themes, and all through his life he remained committed to assist in further developing Norwegian-Israeli relations.


The title of Righteous Among the Nations is granted to non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. A total of 41 Norwegians have been honoured as Righteous Among the Nations.

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