As a former diplomat and the current editor of leading Danish newspaper Politiken, Bo Lidegaard knows how to report a good story. He certainly does so in his new book, Countrymen: The untold story of how Denmark’s Jews escaped the Nazis.
German Jew Harry Ettlinger took part in one of the greatest treasure hunts in history during his wartime service with the US Army, helping to recover five million pieces of looted Nazi art. Now, the exploits of Ettlinger and his comrades from 13 Allied nations, dubbed The Monuments Men, are the subject of a new film starring and directed by George Clooney.
Ninette Dreyfus, a young girl from grand Parisian stock, the Louis-Dreyfus family, did not know she was Jewish until the war broke out. When the Germans approached the capital, she and her family left for Marseille in a chauffer-driven Chrysler.
The landscape of Holocaust remembrance is punctuated by anniversaries, but few dates are as resonant as April 19, which marked the start of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943. Its enduring symbolism is attested to by the fact that it is the national Holocaust Remembrance Day in Poland, the country from which more than half of the victims of the Shoah came.
Forty two per cent of respondents to a survey commissioned ahead of Tuesday’s 75th anniversary of the Anschluss — the Nazi-led union of Germany with Austria — said that life under Hitler was “not all bad”.