Conference Schedule


Monday, September 30, 2013
16.30 - 18.00 

 Arrival and registration at Vilvorde Conference Center 
Location: Vilvorde Kursuscenter Vilvordevej, 70 2920 Charlottenlund


17.00 - 18.00

Two Trees in Jerusalem

Presentation of Cornelia Schmalz-Jacobsen's memoir, Two Trees in Jerusalem a book about her parents' struggle to rescue hundreds of indvividuals from the Third Reich. 

Conversation between:

  • Cornelia Schmalz-Jackobsen,author
  • Herbert Pundik, Senior Correspondent, Politiken; October ‘43-refugee
18.00 - 19.30


Dinner in the Vilvorde Kursuscenter restaurant

19.45 - 20:00

The Final Day of My Childhood 
Herbert Pundik
Senior Correspondent, Politiken; October ‘43-refugee

20.00 - 20.30

The Czech Janacek Trio
Irene Herajnova, violin; Marek Novak, violoncello; Marketa Janackova, piano 

20.30 - 22.00 

The Ambivalence of Holocaust history

Panel Discussion:

  • Bo Lidegaard, 
    Editor-in-Chief, Politiken
  • Cecilie Stokholm Banke
    Senior Researcher and Head of Research Unit on the Holocaust and Genocide at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS)
  • Bent Blüdnikov 
    Historian and author   


  • Klaus Rothstein
    Author and journalist, Weekendavisen and DR
20.00 - 20.30

The Czech Janacek Trio
Irene Herajnova, violin; Marek Novak, violoncello; Marketa Janackova, piano 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Coffee & Tea
Location: Vilvorde Kursuscenter Vilvordevej, 70 2920 Charlottenlund

09.00 - 9.10

Introductory Remarks

  • Anders Jerichow
    Senior Correspondent, Politiken; Chairman, Humanity in Action Denmark

09.10 - 9.55

 European Reactions to Holocaust Persecution

  • Bob Moore
    Professor, University of Sheffield
10.00 - 11.15

Light and Darkness: Status of Research on the Danish Rescue

  • Sofie Lene Bak
    Associate Professor at the Department of History, University of Copenhagen


  • Lene Andersen
    Writer and publisher  
11.30 - 12:55

Different Realities, Different Perceptions: Case of Poland, Bulgaria and France  

Panel Discussion:
  • Konstanty Gebert
    Associate Fellow at European Council on Foreign Relations (Warsaw Office) 
  • Anthony Georgieff
    Journalist and Managing Editor, Vagabond
  • Dr. Annette Wieviorka
    Directrice de recherche, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique


  • Flemming Rose
    Editor, Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten 
13.00 - 13.55


Remarks by Cornelia Schmalz-Jacobsen
Former member, German Bundestag; Chair Emeritus, Humanity in Action Germany 

14.00 Excursion to Gilleleje by Bus
  • Otto Rühl
    Historian and Teaching Consultant, DIIS
  • Bjarke Følner
    Historian and Consultant, Als Research  
  • Solvej Berlau, Head of Section, DIIS

Deported to Theresienstadt, Rescued to Sweden 

Location: Gilleleje Church 

Panel Discussion:
  • Birgit Fischermann, Chair of Danish Theresienstadt Association 
  • Bent Melchior, Former Chief Rabbi


  • Bjørn Bredal
    Writer and journalist, Politiken
17.30 - 18.15

Return to Copenhagen

18.45 - 19.45


Remarks by Ambassador Michael Zenner
German Ambassador to Denmark  

20:00 - 22.00

The Best and Duckwitz Enigma: German Occupation, Danish Society & Politics

Evening Seminar

Dr. Ulrich Herbert,
Professor & Director of School of History, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies


Peter Wivel
Berlin Correspondent, Politiken 


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Coffee & Tea
Location: Vilvorde Kursuscenter Vilvordevej, 70 2920 Charlottenlund

 09.30 - 11.30

The Holocaust in the Nordic Periphery: Norway, Sweden, Finland

Panel Discussion:

  • Dr. Karin Kvist Geverts
    Department of History, Uppsala University
  • Irene Levin
    Professor Emeritus of Social Work, Oslo University College
  • Dr. Oula Silvennoinen
    Researcher at the Center for Nordic Studies, University of Helsinki


  • Anders Jerichow
12.00 - 13.15


Remarks by Ambassador Ingra Eriksson Fogh
Swedish Ambassador to Denmark 

13.30 - 14.45

The United States: Facing Nazi Policies of Mass Murder

Professor Richard Breitman


Samuel Rachlin
Journalist, correspondent and author


15.00 - 16.00

Did Europe Learn?

Panel Discussion:

  • Søren Pind                                                                                   Member of Parliament and member of Humanity in Action Denmark's board
  • Manfred Nowak
    Professor of International Law and Human Rights, Vienna University


  • Paula Larrain
    Journalist and former TV-host, DR
16.00 - 16.15 Humanity in Action and Civil Society
  • Dr. Judith S. Goldstein
    Founder and Executive Director, Humanity in Action
  • Anders Jerichow
    Senior Correspondent, Politiken; Chairman, Humanity in Action Denmark
17.30 - 18.30


Remarks by Ambassador Barukh Binah                                                           Israeli Ambassador to Denmark  
18.30 Transportation to the Royal Theater by bus


The Royal Theater

Special commemorative evening with participation of artists from Sweden, Germany and Denmark.

In presence of Her Royal Majesty Queen Margrethe II and Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt 


Optional: Return to Vilvorde Conference Center by bus


Optional: Late Night Snack