By Bo Lidegaard
Amid the darkish, ghastly historical past of global conflict II, the actually impressive tale, by no means sooner than absolutely researched through a historian, of ways the Danish humans banded jointly to save lots of their fellow Jews from the Nazis—told throughout the amazing unpublished diaries and records of households pressured to run for safeguard, leaving their houses and possessions in the back of, and of these who courageously got here to their reduction.
In 1943, with its king and management weakened yet intact throughout the Nazi profession, Denmark did whatever that no different nation in Western Europe even tried. waiting for that the German occupying powers could quickly factor the long-feared order to around up the total inhabitants of Jews for deportation to focus camps, the Danish humans stood up in defiance and resisted. The king, politicians, and traditional civilians have been united of their response—these threatened humans weren't easily Jews yet fellow Danes who occurred to be Jewish, and not anyone might assist in rounding them up for confinement and deportation.
whereas diplomats used their constrained yet very actual strength to move and bog down issues in either Copenhagen and Berlin, the caution that the quandary used to be handy quick unfold in the course of the Jewish group. Over fourteen harrowing days, as they have been helped, hidden, and guarded via usual those who spontaneously rushed to save lots of their fellow electorate, a tremendous 7,742 out of 8,200 Jewish refugees have been smuggled out all alongside the coast—on ships, schooners, fishing boats, something that floated—to Sweden.
whereas the naked proof of this exodus were identified for many years, astonishingly no complete background of it's been written. Unfolding on a daily foundation, Countrymen brings jointly money owed written via contributors and officers as occasions occurred, delivering a accomplished evaluate that underlines occupied Denmark’s ancient value to Hitler as a prop for the version Nazi country and revealing the savage clash between most sensible Nazi brass for keep an eye on of the rustic. this can be a tale of standard glory, of easy braveness and ethical fortitude that shines out in the middle of the bad background of the 20 th century and demonstrates the way it used to be attainable for a small and fragile democracy to face opposed to the 3rd Reich.