Related Events

In October 2013, Humanity in Action Denmark commerated the 70th anniversary of the rescue of Danish Jews during the Second World War. On this occasion, a series of events were held to highlight the willingness and selfless efforts with which the Danish civil society helped rescue the Danish Jews from the Nazi deportation plan. In a matter of only a few days, the majority of Danish Jews, approximately 7,500 Danish citizens, were rescued and transported to Sweden. In addition, 470 other Danish Jews were arrested and deported to the concentration camp Theresienstadt, where most were later rescued and sent to Sweden by the famous “White Busses."

This event is a rare light in an otherwise dark period of European history that still affects contemporary European socieities. It is therefore an event that should never be forgotten, but instead revisited and discussed continuously--not only between researchers and academics, but also among the general public.

The commemoration consisted of several different events. Humanity in Action Denmark educated history teachers on the subject, published a book of sources pertaining to the event, offered expert speakers and witnesses for history classes in both elementary and upper secondary school, invited selected international and national guests and the broader public to a conference on the subject, published an anthology with different perspectives on the subject, and hosted a special performance at the Danish Royal Theatre. In doing so, the Planning Committee behind this commemoration hoped that October 43 will not be viewed as an isolated event, but rather as one that left an imprint on the guests, readers, teachers and students who participate. Humanity in Action Denmark hopes that the international conference and related events and materials inspired new thoughts and perspectives that will continue to influence participants. 

Visit the site www.oktober43.dk, where the Danish-Jewish Museum have listed the many other different events that took place across the country commemorating this historical event.  

“The Holocaust and Personal Responsibility”

Seminar for teachers on the persecution of Jews in Denmark
Monday, September 30, 2013

Humanity in Action Denmark offered a seminar for teachers consisting of presentations by some of the speakers from the international conference, and also presented ideas for educational themes together with Humanity in Action’s new educational material and already existing books and films on the subject.  

Speakers: Anders Jerichow, Senior Correspondent, author and Chairman of Humanity in Action Denmark; Cecilie Stockholm Banke, Head of Research, DIIS; Constanty Gebert, essayist and author, Warszawa; Solvej Berlau, cand.scient.soc., Project Coordinator, DIIS; Otto Rühl, cand.mag; Educational Consultant, DIIS; Ronald Leopold, Executive Director for the Anne Frank House, Amsterdam; Yiftach Meiri, Yad Vashem’s International School of Holocaust Studies; Wolf Kaiser, Gedenkstätte Haus am Wannsee, Berlin; Hanna Skop, refugee in Sweden ’43-45; Herbert Pundik, Senior Correspondent and author; Bo Lidegaard, Editor-in-Chief and historian.

To view the program press here

Three Stories of Flight and Genocide

Wednesday the 23rd of January Stanley’s Gaard -  In connection with Auschwitz Day, the Danish international commemoration day for Holocaust and genocide, Humanity in Action Denmark invited all to a seminar on flight and genocide.

The speakers Bent Melchior, Danish-Jewish refugee, Aldin Lemes, refugee from Bosnia and Angelique Umugwaneza, refugee from Rwanda, each presented the story of their own flight. The seminar examined the many parallels and similarities between the stories. How and why did they manage to escape? What influence does civil society and social conditions have on the possibilities of escape and what can we learn from this? The chairman of Humanity in Action Denmark Anders Jerichow will moderate the seminar.

Publications

Publication of an anthology on civil courage, civil society and the Holocaust - The anthology was published in September 2013. The anthology inlucudes contributions from international scholars and their perspectives on different forms and instances of civil courage, especially in connection with the Holocaust.

Publication of a collection of historical sources from the persecution of Danish Jews during September and October 1943 - The collection of sources was published in September 2013. The collection of sources included contemporary sources from the persecution of the Danish Jews, including the political considerations and decisions of Germany, Denmark and Sweden, the rescue mission across the Oresund strait, and Sweden’s reception of the many refugees.