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Enok Mortensen and Askov


Hans Henningsen


culture, education, immigrants, religion


The connection between Enok Mortensen and Askov Folk High School in Denmark came about accidentally, as it were, in the middle of the 1950s. The background was that rector Knud Hansen made some critical remarks, in an interview, about the United States and American foreign policy. This caused a great to-do in the press, so much so that the American ambassador decided to visit Askov Folk High School to judge for himself whether it were possible that Askov had "gone communist." Shortly thereafter Knud Hansen received an official invitation to spend three months in the United States. The visit, which took place in the fall of 1955, began in Tyler, Minnesota , where Knud Hansen met Enok Mortensen and stayed with him for a week.