75th Anniversary for the rescue of the Danish Jews

75 years ago the Danish people stood up against the Nazis and organized a rescue operation that led to the miraculous rescue of the Danish Jews.
To honor and commemorate this dramatic and historical event the Danish Crown Prince Frederik, Danish prime minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, and chairman of the World Jewish Congress Ronald S. Lauder attended a special event in the beautiful and the newly renovated Copenhagen Synagogue. Watch a short video from this historical event.

April 9, 1940 Denmark was occupied by Nazi forces. The Danish government decided to cooperate with Nazis under the condition that the Danish Jews were not prosecuted. The Danish king Christinan 10th announced that if the Jews in Denmark were forced to wear the yellow star, then all Danes should wear it.

August 29, 1943 the Danes started an uprising against the Nazis and the country turned into chaos. Only few weeks later, in September 1943, Adolf Hitler gave his personal order to arrest and deport all Jews in Denmark.

Despite great personal risk, Danes spontaneously organized a rescue operation and helped the Jews reach the coast, where brave fishermen then ferried them to neutral Sweden. Approximately 7.000 Danish Jews, plus around 600 non-Jewish spouses were saved.

Watch a short video from the special event in the Copenhagen Synagogue Oct. 11, 2018.