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Countrymen

Countrymen
RRP: £22.00 Published by: Atlantic Books
Size(mm): 234 x 156 Published: 06 Mar 2014
Pages: 416 ISBN: 9781782391449
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The rescue of the Danish Jews from Nazi persecution in October 1943 is a unique exception to the tragic history of the Holocaust. Within a few weeks some 7,000 people managed to escape, leaving the German occupation forces in Denmark almost empty handed.

What made this possible? Who rescued the Jews and who enabled their rescue? What was the interplay between the Nazi leadership in Berlin, their agents in Copenhagen, the Danish authorities and indeed the Jews and their Danish compatriots?

For decades these questions have been answered only by simplistic myths. Now, for the first time, Bo Lidegaard brings together decades of research and new evidence to tell the story as seen both through the eyes of individual refugees and through the prism of politics at all levels, from the Führer himself down to the Danish police.

Based on contemporary documentation, the narrative draws upon primary sources not previously known to the public, as well as on a host of historical research into various aspects of the rescue.

Ultimately, this story is a tribute to the inspiring capacity of an entire people to stand up and do the right thing in a time of crisis.

About the author

Bo Lidegaard is a Danish historian, author and editor-in-chief of the daily broadsheet newspaper Politiken. He has been awarded some of the highest of Denmark's national honours for his writings.

Countrymen

Countrymen
RRP: £9.99 Published by: Atlantic Books
Size(mm): 198 x 129 Published: 05 Mar 2015
Pages: 416 ISBN: 9781782391487
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The rescue of the Danish Jews from Nazi persecution in October 1943 is a unique exception to the tragic history of the Holocaust. Over fourteen harrowing days, as they were helped, hidden and protected by ordinary people who spontaneously rushed to save their fellow citizens, an incredible 7,742 out of 8,200 Jewish refugees were smuggled out all along the coast - on ships, schooners, fishing boats, anything that floated - to Sweden.

Now, for the first time, Bo Lidegaard brings together decades of research and new evidence, including unpublished diaries and documents of families forced to run for safety and of those who courageously came to their aid, to tell this story of ordinary glory, of simple courage and moral fortitude that shines out in the midst of the terrible history of the twentieth century and demonstrates how it was possible for a small and fragile democracy to stand against the Third Reich.

About the author

Bo Lidegaard is a Danish historian, author and editor-in-chief of the daily broadsheet newspaper Politiken. He has been awarded some of the highest of Denmark's national honours for his writings.

Countrymen

Countrymen
RRP: £15.99 Published by: Atlantic Books
Size(mm): Other Published: 06 Mar 2014
Pages: ISBN: 9781782391463
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The rescue of the Danish Jews from Nazi persecution in October 1943 is a unique exception to the tragic history of the Holocaust. Within a few weeks some 7,000 people managed to escape, leaving the German occupation forces in Denmark almost empty handed.

What made this possible? Who rescued the Jews and who enabled their rescue? What was the interplay between the Nazi leadership in Berlin, their agents in Copenhagen, the Danish authorities and indeed the Jews and their Danish compatriots?

For decades these questions have been answered only by simplistic myths. Now, for the first time, Bo Lidegaard brings together decades of research and new evidence to tell the story as seen both through the eyes of individual refugees and through the prism of politics at all levels, from the Führer himself down to the Danish police.

Based on contemporary documentation, the narrative draws upon primary sources not previously known to the public, as well as on a host of historical research into various aspects of the rescue.

Ultimately, this story is a tribute to the inspiring capacity of an entire people to stand up and do the right thing in a time of crisis.

About the author

Bo Lidegaard is a Danish historian, author and editor-in-chief of the daily broadsheet newspaper Politiken. He has been awarded some of the highest of Denmark's national honours for his writings.