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Oral history interview with Knud Dyring Dyby

Oral History | Accession Number: 1984.1.1.5 | RG Number: RG-50.157.0005

Knud Dyring Dyby (alternative name Knud Dyring-Olsen), born in Denmark on March 28, 1915, describes being raised in a non-political Lutheran family; being aware of what was happening to the Jews after 1940 but not seeing any persecution until 1943; getting involved in the underground movement; his activities collecting weapons and making photographic engravings for the underground papers; being a boatman in the Copenhagen police department and asked to take Jews in his boat to Sweden; taking them to Swedish fishermen who were his friends; the logistics of transporting Jews to Sweden, which involved meeting Swedish boats outside of Swedish ports rather than going right into Sweden; not remembering names but ferrying 30 to 40 people; having many close calls during those runs; not being paid money for the rescues; how the refugees were given money by a Danish-Swedish rescue group and by other Jewish refugees and, later, the Swedish government; receiving thank you notes from many of the people he helped; and liberation on May 5, 1945.

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Dyby, Mr. Knud Dyring
Rabinowitz, Katherine
interview:  1984 September 18
1 sound cassette (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Council
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 19:52:27
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