Beyond the Legend: Uncovering the Historical Circumstances Behind the Rescue of the Danish Jews

Ellen Keith


Denmark is one of the only European countries that can speak of its involvement in the Holocaust with some sense of pride. In October of 1943, the Danes pulled off a substantial rescue mission during which they led the majority of the Danish Jews to safety in Sweden. Traditional representations of this event attribute its success to the outstanding moral character of the Danes. This paper challenges this popular view and explores a variety of factors which together facilitated the rescue of the Danish Jews.

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