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Denmark And The Holocaust Essay

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The Country of Denmark did something no one could replicate during the holocaust. What they accomplished is something that many nations failed. They managed to save all of their Jewish people during the Nazi campaign. Their story is a bright light in the darkness that was the holocaust. Where many other nations failed, they succeeded. The Country of Denmark managed to save their Jewish people in a way that other nations should have followed in the holocaust.
In order to learn about how Denmark managed to save their people, we must first understand the culture behind Jewish-Danish culture and life before the holocaust. The focal point of the Jewish Culture in Denmark can be found in the city ...view middle of the document...

Denmark took the invasion of Nazi Germany better than one would think. They were the only nation captured by Nazi Germany without a fight or struggle. The invasion had the least casualties of any attack during Hitler’s conquest. After Denmark was captured, word spread about the Nazis rounding up all the Jewish to capture them. During 1943, the massive evacuation of Danish-Jews was underway. On the day of October 17th, 1943: the first rescue attempt to Sweden was a success. Around 7000 Jews were rescued from the risk of Nazi capture.

The country of Denmark handled the invasion from Germany better than any other country. One of the reasons this statement is right is they had the lowest casualty rate of any country that was captured by the Nazis. Denmark did this by surrendering to the Nazis, preventing any harm to their country and their people. This was not a matter of pride. Denmark was not ready to risk the lives of their people by sticking up for themselves. The way they handled this situation was the best possible scenario. Not many of the inhabitants of Denmark regret this decision. In fact, many Danish citizens believed it was one of the best decisions Denmark has ever made. Without surrender, there would have been great sacrifice. Just look at what Germany did to France. After the attacks by Nazi Germany, a lot of France was left in ruin, with a immense amount of casualties. Norway and other surrounding nations were pummeled by Nazi Germany’s forces after they refused to surrender. Denmark was not about to make the same mistake.
The Nazis didn’t draw as much attention in Denmark as they had in other European nations they occupied. In other nations there were many protests and riots taking place against the Nazis. In Denmark, it was like they weren’t even there. The Danish did a great job of getting along with the Nazi officers. If you cant...

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