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Oral history interview with Peter Ilsøe

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.391.0007

Peter Ilsøe discusses the Danish resistance movement after the German attack in 1940 and the subsequent occupation; how the British formation of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) sparked the development of the resistance including action against the Danish government; other factors that developed Danish resistance; his path to joining the resistance; resistance activities around Copenhagen; his role in helping Danish Jews escape the Nazis; escaping to Sweden and joining the overseas Danish military; being transferred to England where he joined one of the Jedburgh Teams; the supply of weapons to Danish resisters by the British and U.S. air forces; the Danish Freedom Council and Frode Jakobsen; the various escape routes from Zeeland and Jutland; the cooperation between the resistance and the Danish Royal Air Force in the bombing of various Gestapo offices around the country; the role of the U.S. Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in 1944; the efforts to rescue downed Allied airmen; the finances of the resistance; and the mining of Jutland’s west coast and the related visit of Field Marshall Irwin Rommel.

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Peter Ilsøe
Alexandra M. Isles
interview:  1994 June 12
1 videocassette (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Chalice Well Productions
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:35:58
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