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Portrait photograph by Judy Glickman of Danish fisherman who took Jews to safety across the Oresund

Object | Accession Number: 2010.206.10

Black and white photographic print taken by Judy Glickman in 1992 of Jens Moller, a Danish fisherman and rescuer. Jens met a large group of Jews at the train station and brought an old couple and young couple with twins home. Neighbors brought food and it was 3 days before Jens found a boat that could transport them. He continued to rescue Jews and ferried them across the Oresund to Sweden on his own boat. 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
Jens Moller
Date
1992  (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 14:07:46
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