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The rescue of Danish Jewry : test of a democracy

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Call Number948.9051 Y13r
Dates1983; ©1969
Statement of Responsibilityby Leni Yahil ; translated from the Hebrew by Morris Gradel.
Creators & ContributorsYahil, Leni (author)
Gradel, Morris (translator)
Summary"The rescue of Danish Jewry in October 1943 from what would have been certain annihilation at the hands of the Germans became a legend even as it was being implemented. The news, made known without delay to the entire free world, gave rise to the most profound admiration and satisfaction... This is the story of that rescue and of the valiant people who made it possible... The dramatic clash between anti-Semitic Nazism and Danish democracy which convulsed Denmark in the early days of October 1943 is vividly portrayed through [the] interpretation of documents, events, and personalities... This new edition, issued to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the Danish rescue, contains a new preface by the author, photographs, and additional bibliographic material." —Back cover
ContentsPart One: Background

I. Outline of the History of the Jews in Denmark
  • From the arrival of the Jews in Denmark to the outbreak of the persecutions in Germany
  • The Jewish Community in the thirties
  • Summary
Part Two: The Period of Negotiation

II. Under State Protection
  • The occupation and its characteristics
  • The Jewish question—a Danish problem
  • The legends about the king—are they true?
  • The Jewish problem and the "telegram crisis"
  • Best—in Menthe-Fink's political footsteps
  • Summary
III. Anti-Semitism in Occupied Denmark
  • National socialism in occupied Denmark
  • The anti-Semitic organ Kamptegnet
  • The Daell-Wassermann case
  • Best liquidates Kamptegnet
  • The struggle against the "purge"
  • Summary   
Part Three: The Hour of Crisis

IV. The Political Crisis and Jewish Persecution
  • The policy of negotiation and its breakdown
  • Who initiated the persecutions?
  • Establishment of the police force
  • Best's responsibility
V. Operation Failure
  • Attempts at prevention
  • The state of emergency and its problems
  • The final decision
  • Deportation—a plan goes wrong
  • The action and its failure
  • Excuses for the fiasco
  • Summary
VI. The Jewish Community During the Crisis
  • The first phase of the occupation
  • The hour of crisis
  • Summary
VII. Operation Rescue
  • Underground cells prior to August 29
  • The Freedom Council and the popular uprising
  • The Operation
  • Escape routes
  • Financing
  • Dangers and mishaps
  • Summary
Part Four: Deportation And Rescue: Aftermath

VIII. In Defense of Deportee Life and Refugee Property
  • Danish help to victims of the occupation
  • The deportees
  • Parcels
  • Individual releases
  • The visit to Theresienstadt
  • The way back
  • Summary and statistics
IX. Sweden—Near yet Far
  • Neutral Sweden
  • The turning point
  • The start of illegal transportation
  • Organization and financing
  • The Jews among the refugees in Sweden
  • Summary
X. The Jews in Liberated Denmark
  • Conclusion
Appendixes
Appendix I. The German Foreign Ministry Under Ribbentrop
Appendix II. Best's Pre-Danish Period
Appendix III. Sources
Physical Description xx, 538 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Carrier Typevolume
LanguageEnglish, Translated from the Hebrew by Morris Gradel.
PublisherPhiladelphia : The Jewish Publication Society of America
EditionPaperback Edition
Notes
  • Translation of: Hatsalat ha-Yehudim be-Denyah
  • Originally published: 1969
  • With new introduction
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages [521]–[531]) and index
RecognitionGifted in 1995 by the Jewish Festival of the Arts