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Oral history interview with Frode Jakobsen

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0330

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Frode Jakobsen, born in the Denmark countryside in 1906, describes growing up in a large and poor family; working in the fields from ages 12 to 18 to help earn money for his family; his father's work as a teacher; learning English and German from a doctor in the village; studying literature in school; meeting Jews for the first time when he moved to Copenhagen; being asked if he was Jewish because of his last name when traveling in Germany; developing an interest in the politics of Stalin and Trotsky; meeting Trotsky in Denmark; marrying a German Jewish refugee who had come to Denmark to study agriculture; becoming a delegate to the European Council; releasing his first book in 1940; joining social democrats and radicals in the resistance movement; maintaining a list of hiding places and moving in between them almost weekly; warning Jews when he knew that Nazis were coming for them; helping to get Danish Jews to Sweden; and helping to sabotage trains and railroads.

Interviewee
Frode Jakobsen
Interviewer
Judith Goldstein
Date
1995 April 30  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
4 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:13:58
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