Holocaust is certain to be remembered as humanity's blackest
chapter of the century - between 1941 and 1945, the German dictator
Adolf Hitler and his Nazis murdered some 6 million Jews.
In 1933 nine million Jews lived in the 21 countries of Europe that
would be military occupied by Germany during the war. By 1945 two
out of every three European Jews had been killed. 1.5 million children
were murdered. This figure includes more than 1.2 million Jewish
children, tens of thousands of Gypsy children and thousands of
The Holocaust is a history of enduring horror and sorrow. It seems
as though there is no spark of human concern, no act of humanity, to
lighten that dark history.
there were acts of courage and kindness during the Holocaust -
stories to bear witness to goodness, love and compassion. Amidst
the madness of war, there were moments of hope and illumination. One such instance was the Danish Jews’ escape from
Hitler’s genocidal plan to eradicate all Jews from Europe.
their own lives, the Danes quickly rallied round to save their
fellow citizens, and almost all of the country's Jews were able to
escape the clutches of the Nazis and find refuge in neutral Sweden.
rescue of the Danish Jews is an inspiring story from a terrible time
in human history. In most other Nazi-occupied countries, the Germans
found it easy to deport the Jews. No one defended them the way the
Danish Jews escape
the entire Jewish population of Denmark was rescued and survived the war
years, mostly in neutral Sweden and a few hundred in the KZ camp Theresienstadt
under the distant but constantly protective concern of the Danes.