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Denmark Marks 70th Anniversary of Rescue of Jews

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Denmark on Sunday marked the 70th anniversary of the escape of 7,300 Jews during World War II to prevent their deportation to a Nazi concentration camp.

At Copenhagen’s synagogue, Jewish community leader Finn Schwarz told several hundred people it was “almost a miracle” that the October 1943 operation in Nazi-occupied Denmark avoided the German patrol boats and managed to deliver the Jews to neutral Sweden.

Denmark’s Jews were to be deported to Poland, but a German official tipped off Danish lawmakers who told Jewish leaders.

481 elderly and sick Danish Jews who couldn’t get out were deported to a concentration camp in Czechoslovakia, where 53 of them died.

On Tuesday, a light show on the bridge connecting Denmark and Sweden will commemorate the escape.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/denmark-marks-70th-anniversary-of-rescue-of-jews/2013/09/29/

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