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The fate of Denmark’s Jews: an interview with Bo Lidegaard

By Jonathan Derbyshire  

In 1943, 7,742 Jewish citizens of Denmark—95 per cent of the country’s Jews—were spirited away to neutral Sweden with the help of their fellow Danes, under the noses of the occupying German forces. In his new book “Countrymen”, Bo Lidegaard, editor-in-chief of the Danish newspaper Politiken, recounts the “untold story of how Denmark’s Jews escaped the Nazis”. 

“Countrymen” is not just a book about the fate of Denmark’s Jews, however. It is also about the Danish experience—and the moral ambiguities—of Nazi occupation. Unlike other occupied countries, Denmark was able to…

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