In this episode, we learn about the heroic efforts of the rescue of the Danish Jews. The story is told through the eyes of Hana, Bent Melchior (the former chief rabbi of Denmark), and a family in Southern Sweden whose lives continue to be impacted by the rescue mission.
- Understand the factors leading to the Danish rescue of thousands of Jews.
- Reflect on the personal and institutional factors that lead members of a society to act as upstanders.
- Make connections between the behavior of Danish and Swedish people during the Holocaust and the behavior of people today in response to the current migrant crisis.
About Chapter V Photo Series
Jews were safe in Denmark until 1943. At that point in the war, the Germans made a plan to round up all of the Jews in Denmark and deport them to Theresienstadt, a concentration camp not far from Prague. But, a German officer leaked the plans to the Danish community and in just a few weeks, a rescue mission saved 95% of the Jewish population. At this time, Hana was working for a banker’s family. A stranger came for her one day and told her he would take her to safety. She was taken by bike through the countryside to a church by the coast of the Baltic Sea. From there, she was hidden underneath herring and along with 19 other people began what would become a perilous night lost at sea. By chance, they managed to get to Sweden and found refuge.