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Portrait photograph by Judy Glickman of Danish man, courier for resistance

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    Portrait photograph by Judy Glickman of Danish man, courier for resistance


    Brief Narrative
    Black and white photographic print taken by Judy Glickman in 1992 of Mogens Kofod-Hansen, a courier for Jewish rescue operations in Denmark. Mogens traveled to Sweden to deliver vital information to the British military during World War II. Germany occupied Denmark on April 9, 1940, but allowed the Danish government to retain control of domestic affairs. Jews were not molested and the German presence was limited. After the Germans invaded the Soviet Union in 1941 and began to face military setbacks, a Danish resistance movement developed. On August 29, 1943, the Germans declared martial law and began to address the Jewish problem. A mass deportation was scheduled for October 1. The plan was leaked and Danish citizens organized a large scale rescue effort to hide the Jews and, by the eve of the deportation, had ferried 7000 people, nearly all the Jews in Denmark, to neutral Sweden.
    Artwork Title
    Mogens Kofod-Hansen
    creation:  1992
    creation: Denmark
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Judith Ellis Glickman
    Subject: Mogens Kofod-Hansen
    Photographer: Judy E. Glickman
    Subject: Judy E. Glickman
    Mogens Kofod-Hansen was born on December 5, 1920, in Denmark. He was educated in Sweden and Great Britain, as well as in Denmark. He was trained as a journalist and worked for several small town Danish newspapers. He became involved with the Danish resistance movement soon after the German occupation of Denmark began on April 9, 1940. On August 29, 1943, the Germans declared martial law and began to address the Jewish problem. Mogens had to flee to Sweden in September 1943. He worked as a courier and was able to deliver information vital to the war effort. He later relocated to Great Britain, where he worked for the BBC. On May 5, 1945, German forces in Denmark surrendered and withdrew from Denmark. On May 7, Germany unconditionally surrendered to allied Forces. After the war, Mogens was employed by the Danish daily, Information, which began as an illegal, underground wartime paper, and continued as a regular daily newspaper. From 1950-1988, Mogens worked for the Berlinske Tidende, for which he covered foreign news and wars all over the world. He was active in Danish-Israeli associations and received several awards for this work from Israel. Mogens also was editor of the monthly publication of the Veterans of the Danish Freedom Fight.
    Judy Ellis Glickman is a photographer and the daughter of Dr. Irving Bennett and Louise Ellis. Her father was a noted CAlifornia pictorialist photographer in the 1930s and 1940s. She pursued photography at a young age and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1959 from the University of California at Los Angeles. She studied photography at UCLA from 1978-1985, the Maine Photographic Workshop from 1978-87, and the Portland School of Art from 1984-1985. Her grandparents emigrated to the United States at the turn of the 20th century, and her mother and grandmother in 1914. Though not a child of a Holocaust survivor, it was while visiting concentration camps in Poland in 1988 that she began to wonder how many unknown family members perished. During this trip, the work became more personal, real, and meaningful to her. She returns to Europe every year to visit and photograph Holocaust sites. She was asked by the Thanks to Scandinavia Foundation to create a photographic narrative documenting the Danish rescue effort. She has exhibited extensively and won numerous awards. Both her sons are rabbis. She is on the board of the Portland Museum of Art in Maine and is a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in England.

    Physical Details

    Physical Description
    Black and white gelatin silver photographic print, portrait orientation, medium close up, shot in direct light, depicting an older, white male with thinning white hair worn in a side part, standing in front of a brick wall. He looks directly at the viewer with a slight down turned smile and has a lined forehead with age spots and deep lines around his nose and mouth. He is wearing a herringbone suit jacket over a striped shirt and patterned tie. The print is attached to a top hinged mat board with photo corners on the backboard. Pencil stop lines are on the reverse of the window mat.
    overall: Height: 17.000 inches (43.18 cm)
    pictorial area: Height: 9.500 inches (24.13 cm) | Width: 6.250 inches (15.875 cm)
    overall : mat board, gelatin silver print, pressure-sensitive tape, plastic, adhesive, graphite

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    Restrictions on use. Donor retains copyright for this collection.

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    Administrative Notes

    The photograph was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2010 by Judith Ellis Glickman.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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    2022-07-28 18:26:25
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