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Portrait photograph by Judy Glickman of Jewish man sitting rescued as a boy

Object | Accession Number: 2010.206.12

Black and white photographic print taken by Judy Glickman in 1992 of Herbert Pundik, a Jew rescued as a young man by Danish civilians. The day before the Germans began to deport Danish Jews to concentration camps, 16 year old Herbert was pulled out of school and sent home, warned by the principal that Jews were in danger. His family packed and fled, finding shelter with a couple for 2 nights, until they boarded a fishing boat and set off across the Sound. In 1945, he joined the Danish voluntary forces and returned to Denmark after liberation and finished high school. 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
Herbert Pundik
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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