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Portrait photograph by Judy Glickman of Danish woman who rescued several 100 people

Object | Accession Number: 2010.206.5

Black and white photographic print taken by Judy Glickman in 1993 of Dr. Ebba Lund, a member of Holger Danske resistance group. College student Ebba was the export leader and organized daytime rescue operations. She was known as the Girl with the Red Cap, in reference to the hat she wore as a signal to Jews that she was their contact. She walked them to the boats, paid the fisherman, and with the cooperation of the Danish coast guard and German soldiers, made sure that they made it to neutral Sweden without incident. Ebba rescued between 500-800 Jews. 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
Dr. Ebba Lund
Date
1993  (creation)
Geography
creation : Denmark
Classification
Photographs
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Judith Ellis Glickman
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:07:47
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