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Oral history interview with Steen Fischer

Oral History | Accession Number: 2001.252 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0418

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

Steen Christian Fischer was born on September 18, 1920 in Copenhagen, Denmark and discusses growing up in a conservative, Christian household; leaving school when he was fifteen and working as a courier for a steamship company; how nobody really worried about other people’s religious beliefs in daily life; the increasing difficulties to ship goods across Europe as the war approached; the precautions the Danish people initially took to avoid a German attack on Denmark; the German invasion of Denmark and how the military was told to do nothing; his conscription into the Navy; joining a movement to publish illegal newspapers after he left the Navy in 1941; helping Danish Jews escape to Sweden with the help of fishermen; other activities of the Dutch resistance; being caught by the Germans; being interrogated and sent to Neuengamme concentration camp; becoming sick and having to go to a hospital, where he remained until the Red Cross took the Danish and Norwegian political prisoners from the camp; returning home to his family before the war had ended; and going on with life after the war.

Interviewee
Steen Fischer
Interviewer
Katie Davis
Date
2001 August 27  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
3 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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