Countrymen

Countrymen

Book - 2013
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Amid the dark, ghastly history of World War II, the literally extraordinary story, never before fully researched by a historian, of how the Danish people banded together to save their fellow Jews from the Nazis - told through the remarkable unpublished diaries and documents of families forced to run for safety, leaving their homes and possessions behind, and of those who courageously came to their aid. While the bare facts of this exodus have been known for decades, astonishingly no full history of it has been written. Unfolding on a day-to-day basis, Countrymen brings together accounts written by individuals and officials as events happened, offering a comprehensive overview that underlines occupied Denmark's historical importance to Hitler as a prop for the model Nazi state and revealing the savage conflict among top Nazi brass for control of the country. This is a 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.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013
Edition: First English language edition
ISBN: 9780385350150
0385350155
Characteristics: 396 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Call Number: 940.531809 LID

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KBesserman
Jan 23, 2014

Very good historical work. Lots of details about the rescue and personal narratives. Also recommend Beethoven's Hair which also recounts much of the rescue of the Danish Jews to Sweden.

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Feb 21, 2014

loyats thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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