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Portrait photograph by Judy Glickman of a Danish man who organized rescue efforts

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    Portrait photograph by Judy Glickman of a Danish man who organized rescue efforts


    Brief Narrative
    Black and white photographic print taken by Judy Glickman in 1993 of Dr. Ole Secher, a Danish rescuer. As a medical student, Ole organized rescue efforts for Jews hiding at Bispebjerg hospital. 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. Ole Secher
    creation:  1993
    creation: Denmark
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Judith Ellis Glickman
    Subject: Ole Secher
    Photographer: Judy E. Glickman
    Subject: Judy E. Glickman
    Ole Secher was born in 1918 in Denmark. His father, Knud Secher, was a professor of internal medicine. The Germans occupied Denmark on April 9, 1940, but allowed the Danish government to control domestic affairs. During the occupation, Ole began attending medical school. He was chair of the Medical Student Council and participated in student politics. He cooperated with the Special Organizational Executive that parachuted into Denmark from Britain, often bringing weapons. In October 1943, the news that the Germans were preparing to deport all the Jews from Denmark to concentration camps was leaked. Ordinary Danish citizens as well as resistance groups organized rescue efforts to hide and transport Jews to Sweden. Ole planned rescue efforts from Bispebjerg Hospital. Hospital staff hid refugees until they could be transported by ambulance to waiting transport boats. The Gestapo arrested Ole during a raid of the hospital in December 1943, and he was imprisoned for 6 weeks.
    Nearly every Jew in Denmark was taken to safety in Sweden. On May 7, 1945, Germany unconditionally surrendered to allied Forces and withdrew from Denmark. After the war, Ole joined “The 16”, a committee of resistance veterans.
    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 shot, lit from the left, depicting an older white male with wavy white hair brushed back from a lined forehead, seated in an upholstered chair with his hands in his lap. His intense gaze is directed at the viewer. He has bushy white eyebrows, deep lines around his nose and mouth, and is wearing a button down collared shirt with the sleeves rolled up and a wristwatch. In the left background are partially visible curtains. 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: 24.000 inches (60.96 cm) | Width: 18.000 inches (45.72 cm)
    pictorial area: Height: 13.380 inches (33.985 cm) | Width: 9.120 inches (23.165 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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