An exciting and inspirational chronicle of how Denmark's Jews escaped the Nazis, it is also genuinely moving. Danish citizens were protected by Danish law, which did not distinguish between citizens of different creeds. To that end, over a period of two weeks, ordinary Danes courageously rushed to help save their fellow citizens to safety, and ninety-five percent of Denmark's Jews were smuggled out of the country all along the coast to neutral Sweden.
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 Now, for the first time, Bo Lidegaard brings together decades of research and new evidence, including unpublished diaries and documents of families forced to run for safety and of those who courageously came to their aid, to tell this story of ordinary glory, of simple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.