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Ole Barfoed collection (Group 860: IV.T.48.O)

Document | Not Digitized | Accession Number: 2018.117.1 | RG Number: RG-44.011

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    The collection of Ole Barfoed consist of correspondence and reports, mainly from Jews relating to their escape to Sweden during the occupation of World War II, copies of miscellaneous documents from archives, and private notes. During the 1950s Ole Barfoed worked with some 70 Danish Jews who had escaped to Sweden during World War II and persuaded them to write down their accounts of their experiences from that time. The majority of these firsthand accounts were written by Jews who were well connected in society, and who also, for the most part, were above average in terms of personal financial status. They provide an invaluable insight into the thoughts and experiences of Danish Jews in 1943. Many of the 70 individual accounts involve multiple generations, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, friends, etc., and therefore describe the experiences of far more than 70 people.

    Note: Records are restricted, access only by the permission of the Danish National Archives. Access is granted by application and must go through the Danish Data Protection Agency since the material contains personal information.
    inclusive:  1943-1966
    Collection Creator
    Ole Barfoed
    Reference : DeLong, Robert. The Flight of the Danish Jews in 1943 – “Rescue” or “Escape”? Published in " Scandinavian-Canadian Studies/Études Scandinaves au canada. Vol. 23 (2016) pp.50-76.

    Physical Details

    4,201 digital images : JPEG.
    System of Arrangement
    Arranged in three series: 1. Correspondence and reports, 1943-1963 (letters organized by subjects); 2. Miscellaneous copies of documents from archives; 3. Notebook with personal notes.

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    This material can only be accessed in a Museum reading room or other on-campus viewing stations. Permission must be requested from the Danish National Archives to view records. Researchers may contact for a permission Mr. Ulf Kyneb, Arkivar at
    Conditions on Use
    Fair use only. Permission for any publication must be obtain from the Danish National Archives.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Barfoed, Ole.

    Administrative Notes

    Holder of Originals
    Statens arkiver (Denmark)
    Source of acquisition is the Statens arkiver (Denmark) [Danish National Archives].The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the filmed collection via the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum International Archival Programs Division in April 2018.
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    2023-03-09 09:06:40
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