Ceremony marks WWII escape of Denmark’s Jews
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A ceremony in a Copenhagen synagogue marked the 70th anniversary of the rescue of most of Denmark’s Jews from the Nazis.
The Sept. 29 ceremony marked the October 1943 operation in which more than 7,000 Jews were sent by boat to Sweden after they were ordered deported to Nazi concentration camps, the Associated Press reported.
A German official who knew about the deportation orders told Danish lawmakers, who passed the information to Danish Jewish leaders.
Finn Schwarz, a leader of the Copenhagen Jewish community, told the hundreds of people gathered at the ceremony that the Jews’ escape to Sweden was “almost a miracle.”
The nearly 500 sick and elderly Danish Jews who did not escape the Nazis were deported to a concentration camp in
Czechoslovakia. — jta
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