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Portrait photograph by Judy Glickman of Danish fisherman who helped take Jews to safety

Object | Accession Number: 2010.206.9

Black and white photographic print taken by Judy Glickman in 1992 of Neils Sorenson, a Danish fisherman and rescuer. Neils and his father helped 2 people escape.They took them on their boat, covered them with nets, and left in the morning. German boats patrolled the waters and the fishing boat reached a blockade but was not stopped. They continued into the harbor and the Jews were lowered into a dinghy and pushed to safety. Neils and his father continued their rescue efforts. 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
Neils Sorensen
creation:  1992
creation: Denmark
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Judith Ellis Glickman
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:53:23
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