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Countrymen: The Untold Story of How Denmark's Jews Escaped the Nazis

Countrymen: The Untold Story of How Denmark's Jews Escaped the Nazis [Kindle Edition]

Bo Lidegaard , Robert Maass
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Magnificent... Bo Lidegaard has retold this story using astonishingly vivid unpublished material from families who escaped, and the testimony of contemporary eyewitnesses, senior Danish leaders (including the king himself), and even the Germans who ordered the roundups. The result is an intensely human account of one episode in the persecution of European Jews that ended in survival. --Michael Ignatieff, New Republic

Countrymen is extraordinary. I will not soon forget this epic of decency, this saga of humanism saving lives. The idea of humanism has been under attack for so long now, as false and sentimental and impotent, as insufficiently radical to make a difference, that it is stirring to be given a grand example of the opposite case - of a clear, muscular, brave, and effective humanism, and in the whole of a society. Bo Lidegaard's moving and meticulous book is itself an expression of the idealism that it documents. --Leon Wieseltier

I absolutely loved this book. It's a great story, both heartening and human, which tells of how some Germans behaved better than expected, and shows how decency can prevail in the hardest of times. It's a book to be recommended to anyone who has a deeply cynical view of human nature, but also to anyone who wants to see how people can behave brilliantly and how political and moral norms can hold against extremism, bullying, violence and threats. --Julia Neuberger

This is a tense, inspiring story of the resistance to oppression by a united people --Booklist

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The rescue of the Danish Jews from Nazi persecution in October 1943 is a unique exception to the tragic history of the Holocaust. Within a few weeks some 7,000 people managed to escape, leaving the German occupation forces in Denmark almost empty handed.

What made this possible? Who rescued the Jews and who enabled their rescue? What was the interplay between the Nazi leadership in Berlin, their agents in Copenhagen, the Danish authorities and indeed the Jews and their Danish compatriots?

For decades these questions have been answered only by simplistic myths. Now, for the first time, Bo Lidegaard brings together decades of research and new evidence to tell the story as seen both through the eyes of individual refugees and through the prism of politics at all levels, from the Führer himself down to the Danish police.

Based on contemporary documentation, the narrative draws upon primary sources not previously known to the public, as well as on a host of historical research into various aspects of the rescue.

Ultimately, this story is a tribute to the inspiring capacity of an entire people to stand up and do the right thing in a time of crisis.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3711 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (6 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HK5DZF0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,268 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to get into. 24 April 2014
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Hard going at the beginning, took a while to get into. Hence the 3* rating. Once passed the initial 'slog' is quite interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What an e excellent book! 6 July 2014
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This book is first rate. A must read for everyone interested in the Holocaust. Very well researched and written. One of the best books I have read about the Holocaust.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 4 July 2014
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A wonderful tale, not well-known. The Danes should be commended for their moral strength and courage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A First-class Read 24 Jun 2014
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Of the wartime generation, I am interested in the experiences of people in Occupied Territories, and how they survived and coped with the Nazis. An occasional visitor to the several Scandinavian countries, I appreciate the pride in wartime achievements, and enjoy books dedicated to the theme.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well with reading 29 Mar 2014
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Tells the story/history in a way that is accessible, using diary entries of those who lived through it. Glad I read it.
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