More than 7,000 Danish Jews were evacuated to Sweden in October 1943. After crossing the Øresund by boat and landing on Swedish shores, approximately 6,000 of the refugees were interviewed by the Swedish Police Authority, to whom they disclosed a wealth of information about their lives in Denmark and the logistics of their escape. The Police Authority’s records have only recently been uncovered and explored by Danish scholars.
Join Therkel Straede, Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense, for a discussion of the police records and what they reveal about this extraordinary feat of rescue.
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