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The remarkable story of collective and individual acts of bravery and altruism. Photos, map, bibliography, index.
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Ellen Levine is a contributor for Holiday House Inc titles including: 'Darkness Over Denmark ','Darkness Over Denmark: The Danish Resistance and the Rescue of the Jews'From Booklist:
Like Carmen Agra Deedy's book The Yellow Star, reviewed on p.2024, this compelling rescue account makes clear that the well-known legend about the King of Denmark's wearing a Jewish star never actually happened, though most Danes and their king rejected the anti-Semitism of the Nazis and did help Jews hide and escape. This thrilling narrative history weaves together the events of the Nazi occupation with eye-witness testimonies of those who were there, based on personal interviews with more than 20 Danish survivors, rescuers, and resistance fighters--among them, doctors, clergy, and policemen who refused to obey the Nazis. As with all good rescue stories, we are always aware of what the Jews are escaping, including Danish Nazis who cooperated with the Germans and betrayed the Jews. There are whole chapters about people who did not get away, and there's an account of the brutality suffered by victims deported to Theresienstadt concentration camp in Czechoslovakia (the pressure of the Danish government saved all but 50 Danish Jews). The book design is spacious, with high-quality paper, clear type, and occasional black-and-white photos smoothly integrated into the text, including portraits of children and adults taken at the time. The forceful climax of the story is the two-week-long rescue by boat to Sweden of more than 1,000 people. Just as eloquent is the account of the escapees' quiet return after the war: unlike the survivors in many other countries, most Danish Jews came back to find their homes intact, exactly as they left them. Hazel Rochman
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