Nothing to Speak of

Wartime Experiences of the Danish Jews 1943-1945

Sofie Lene Bak

Nothing to Speak of

Sofie Lene Bak

Distributed for Museum Tusculanum Press

Translated by Virginia Raynolds Laursen
279 pages | 45 color plates, 71 halftones, 2 maps, 1 graph | 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 | © 2011
Paper $52.00 ISBN: 9788763539586 Published February 2013 NFS UK, IRELAND, AND SCANDINAVIA
In October 1943, Adolph Hitler ordered the mass arrest of Jews in Denmark. While many Danish Jews were rounded up and deported to concentration camps, thousands fled to Sweden in one of the most successful—and famous—rescue operations of Jews in wartime Europe. Based on more than one hundred interviews, Nothing to Speak Of sheds new light on this rescue operation, telling the story of what happened to these survivors after October 1943. This richly illustrated volume is the first to deal with the long-term consequences of escape, exile, and deportation during this harrowing time for Danish citizens, uncovering deep and painful memories that still haunt many survivors today. 


1. From Rescue to Flight
2. The Hidden Children
3. The Dead
4. In the Concentration Camp
5. Refugees
6. Changing Norms and Traditions in Exile
7. Returning Home
8. Compensation
9. After the War
Afterword: Memorials and Memorial Culture by Curator Bjarke Følner

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“Sofie Lene Bak opens the memories of the evil years with honesty and care. . . . It is a beautiful book about a painful wound, presented with historical accuracy and delicacy.” 
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