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Boats In the Night: Knud Dyby's Involvement in the Rescue of the Danish Jews and the Danish Resistance

Loeffler; Martha; Dyby; Knud; Nielsen [Editor]; John Mark [Editor];

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ISBN 10: 0930697073 / ISBN 13: 9780930697075
Published by Lur Publications, 2004
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Title: Boats In the Night: Knud Dyby's Involvement ...

Publisher: Lur Publications

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Collectible: Good

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Through the experiences of Knud Dyby, former printer, Royal Guardsman and member of the Danish resistance to the German occupation of Denmark, Martha Loeffler tells the dramatic story of the rescue of more than 90% of Denmark's Jews. Using his connections with fishing boat skippers, Dyby arranged for the secretive transport of Jews across the sound to safety in Sweden. More than a story of individual daring and bravery, it is also a testimony to a people's resistance to tyranny and their courage to care for each other.

From the Author:

My guilt-laden knowledge of the Holocaust dates back to a conversation in Berkeley, California, in 1941. My mother said, "Look at this. The Forward (a daily, Jewish-American newspaper, printed in the Yiddish language) has these stories about something called concentration camps for Jews in Europe. It sounds terrible." In my vast superiority as an American born, university student, I replied to my immigrant mother, "Oh, Mama, if it isn't in the American newspapers, it can't be true." How wrong I was!

In 1974 one of my sons married the daughter of Rita and Isaac Haskell, survivors who endured many years of harsh treatment and deprivation in the concentration camps. The grandchildren of these survivors are my grandchildren, too, and they have grown up with an intimate knowledge of the torture and death, the cruelty and pain that we now know as the Holocaust. Preserving this knowledge has become my concern.

In 1997 I received a letter from the Holocaust Oral History Project in San Francisco seeking writers who would put into written form some of the oral case histories they had videotaped. I responded with an offer of assistance and within days received a telephone call asking if I would like to write a book about Knud Dyby, a Danish-American who has been recognized for his role in helping rescue the Jews of Denmark in World War II.

I met with Mr. Dyby at his home in Novato, California, and was immediately charmed by his modest demeanor and convinced by his firm belief that the heroic efforts of his countrymen in World War II should be recorded in book form. He particularly wanted a memoir which would appeal not only to the general reading public but also to young adults as well.

Like many others, I was aware that Denmark had made a concerted effort to save its Jewish citizens from Hitler's concentration camps, but I knew few of the details. This book is the result of my unique learning experience about that period in history.

I would like to thank the Holocaust Oral History Project for suggesting this project and Knud Dyby for his invaluable assistance and consistent good humor in the time it has taken to complete the manuscript. Although Knud expressed concern his English was not as good as he thought it should be for such a project, he certainly conveyed to me, with distinct clarity, the emotions he still feels about the events related in this book.

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