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How Denmark’s Jews escaped the Nazis

A review of Countrymen, by Bo Lidegaard. Only one per cent of Danish Jews perished in the Holocaust. How they were saved is a story of courage and principle

8 March 2014

9:00 AM

8 March 2014

9:00 AM

Countrymen: The Untold Story of How Denmark’s Jews Escaped the Nazis Bo Lidegaard

Atlantic Books, pp.395, £22, ISBN: 9781782391449

Of all the statistics generated by the Holocaust, perhaps some of the most disturbing in the questions they give rise to are the following. Of the Jews in Hungary, the Netherlands, Greece, Latvia and Poland, between 70 and 90 per cent died, while the corresponding figures for Estonia, Belgium Norway and Romania were between 40 and 50.

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