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Oral history interview with Frode Jakobsen

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.391.0010

Frode Jakobsen, the founder of the Danish Freedom Council (Danmarks Frihedsråd), discusses his thoughts on Denmark’s response to the Nazis; his first encounter with Nazism when he was bicycling through Italy, France, and Germany; the German invasions of Denmark; Henrik Kaufmann, a Danish diplomat, and his decision to oppose his own government; his decision to join the resistance; his thoughts on the Danish Nazi party; Denmark’s signing of the Anti-Comintern Pact; meeting with the Soviet ambassador in Stockholm as a representative of the Danish Freedom Council; symbolism and the resistance; sabotage attempts, including the disruption of the rail movements of German troops in Denmark to France at the time of the Normandy invasion; how they obtained their weapons; their general avoidance of shooting German troops; captured resistance fighters; the formation of the Danish Freedom Council; the role of Werner Best; the persecution of Jews; his wife who was half Jewish; the rescue of Jews from deportation; the Schalburg Corps; his decision not to flee to Sweden; and the tensions between the Danish Government and the Freedom Council.

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Frode Jakobsen
Alexandra M. Isles
interview:  1994 June 09
2 videocassettes (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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