By Bo Lidegaard
Amid the darkish, ghastly heritage of worldwide warfare II, the actually amazing tale, by no means earlier than absolutely researched via a historian, of the way the Danish humans banded jointly to avoid wasting their fellow Jews from the Nazis—told in the course of the awesome unpublished diaries and records of households compelled to run for defense, leaving their houses and possessions in the back of, and of these who courageously got here to their relief.
In 1943, with its king and management weakened yet intact throughout the Nazi career, Denmark did whatever that no different state in Western Europe even tried. awaiting that the German occupying powers might quickly factor the long-feared order to around up the whole inhabitants of Jews for deportation to focus camps, the Danish humans stood up in defiance and resisted. The king, politicians, and usual civilians have been united of their response—these threatened humans weren't easily Jews yet fellow Danes who occurred to be Jewish, and nobody might assist in rounding them up for confinement and deportation.
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