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Oral history interview with Mogens Staffeldt

Oral History | Accession Number: 1991.264.27 | RG Number: RG-50.234.0027

Mogens Staffeldt, born on May 4, 1915 in Copenhagen, Denmark, discusses his participation in the Danish resistance; printing illegal books and opening his own bookshop in September 1942; how his bookshop became the meeting place of resistance leaders in Denmark; joining the largest sabotage group in Copenhagen called Holger Danske; being tipped off about the deportation of Jews days before it happened and working with his group to get Jews to Sweden; helping over 700 Jews escape to Sweden; their process for these escapes; being arrested with his brother February 16, 1944; spending eight months in jail in Copenhagen; being relocated to Frøslevlejren concentration camp; his brother’s transfer to a camp in Hanover, Germany where he perished; his release from the Frøslevlejren a short time after his brother’s transfer; how his sabotage career consisted of blowing up German-controlled factories and how the missions were collaborations between academic and working class people; the German retaliation for the sabotage; the support he received from his wife; speaking about his experience to school children; his views of Holocaust deniers and the lessons from the Holocaust; and his altruistic outlook on life.

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Mogens Staffeldt
interview:  1981 October 25
3 videocassettes (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:35:55
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