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Remembering ordinary people doing extraordinary things

October 3, 2018

75 years ago, on October 2, 1943, the Waffen SS, under orders from Adolf Hitler, began a massive sweep of Denmark. Their objective was to round up all of the Jews then living in that German-occupied country, and then to deport them to concentration camps in Germany.

There were 8,000 Jews in Denmark at that time.

The SS located 200 of them.

The rest had been surreptitiously hidden — in farms, in churches, in hospitals, in basements — and then spirited away by boat across the Kattegat Strait to neutral Sweden, the result of a grass-roots effort by ordinary Danes, and the cooperation of the Danish and Swedish governments.

Denmark was the only Nazi-occupied country that managed to save its Jewish population.

In the words of Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Weisel, “In those times, one climbed to the summit of humanity by simply remaining human.”

 

 

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