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Portrait photograph by Judy Glickman of man who rowed several groups of Jews to safety

Object | Accession Number: 2010.206.8

Black and white photographic print taken by Judy Glickman in Gilleje, Denmark, in 1992 of Karl Egon Petersen, a Danish rescuer. Karl hid 36 Jews in his apartment for a day. Later that night he participated in an escape, rowing people 6 at a time to safety, including some of those he had hidden in his home. On the last transport, 2 policemen boarded the boat, found the Jews, but permitted the rescue operation to continue. 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, the night before the action, Danish citizens organized a large scale rescue effort and ferried 7000 people, nearly all the Jews in Denmark, to neutral Sweden.

Artwork Title
Karl Egon Petersen
creation:  1992
creation: Denmark
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Judith Ellis Glickman
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:26:25
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