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Countrymen

Author: Bo Lidegaard
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First English language editionView all editions and formats
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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of how the Danish people banded together to save their fellow Jews from the Nazis - told through the remarkable unpublished diaries and documents of families forced to run for safety, leaving their homes and possessions behind, and of those who courageously came to their aid.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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bo Lidegaard
ISBN: 9780385350150 0385350155 9780385350167 0385350163 9780771047121 0771047126
OCLC Number: 825733360
Description: 396 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Sunday, September 26 : the last day of the past --
Monday, September 27 : at home --
Tuesday, September 28 : the message --
Wednesday, September 29 : departure --
Thursday, September 30 : the escape --
Friday, October 1 : the action --
Saturday, October 2 : the transfer --
Sunday, October 3 : Ystad --
Monday, October 4 : the village of Ruds Vedby --
Tuesday, October 5 : going north --
Wednesday, October 6 : Gilleleje --
Thursday, October 7 : the hope --
Friday, October 8 : the beach of Smidstrup --
Saturday, October 9 : realities.
Other Titles: Landsmænd.
Responsibility: Bo Lidegaard ; translated from the Danish by Robert Maass.

Abstract:

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of how the Danish people banded together to save their fellow Jews from the Nazis - told through the remarkable unpublished diaries and documents of families forced to run for safety, leaving their homes and possessions behind, and of those who courageously came to their aid.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.

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