Find out about the flight and rescue of the Jews in Denmark -
a story of heroism, civil activism, solidarity, and inspiring personal choices!
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Denmark and the Jews
over the years
The "Viking Jews"
How did Jews arrive in Denmark? Is their story unique compared with other European Jewish communities?
Watch the following video about the history of the Danish Jews. Try to identify what ideas and values were in play.
Voices in the Void
In the summer of 1943, the order was issued to assemble and deport the Jews of Denmark.
The Danes decided to disobey! They refused to collaborate with the deportation of thousands of Denmark’s Jewish citizens and Jewish immigrants.
This decision and its implications are described in the animated film "Voices in the Void", produced by 'Humanity in Action'. The film tells the story of the young boy Bent Melchior, who would go on to become Denmark’s Chief Rabbi.
The rescue story as a beacon for the future
Bent Melchior made it his life's mission to spread the light that he felt was revealed during the rescue - and carried on by his son and grandson, Michael and Yair Melchior.
The Melchior family's rescue story is only one of countless others. Each family, each man, woman, and child has a unique story to share, that reveals new details about the dramatic events in Denmark
in October 1943.
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What lessons can be taken from the Danish Jews' rescue?
Let your voice be heard!
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On the Padlet site, comment on a post that you can relate to,
and share one value you would apply to our lives today.