2023 marks the 80th anniversary of the unique rescue of the Jews in Denmark, which took place in October 1943, when more than 7,000 Jews (about 95% of the Danish Jewry) were smuggled on fishing boats to Sweden.
The workshop was developed together with the academic guidance of the Danish Jewish Museum, and with the support of the Danish embassy in Tel Aviv. Throughout this activity, we will explore those events from one child’s perspective, Bent Melchior, and of other people during that period. The activity focuses on the values and beliefs that shaped the decisions of those involved.
The goals of the workshop are to educate young people about the story of the Danish Jews’ flight and rescue as a significant part of Holocaust memory, to delve into the individual and societal values, dilemmas and decisions behind the rescue, and to examine and reflect on the relevant meanings of the story, in terms of solidarity, activism and attitudes toward minorities and refugees today.
The workshop is available in English, Hebrew, Arabic and Danish.
About Voices in the Void
Voices in the Void tells the story of the Melchior family in occupied Denmark in 1943 and their escape to Sweden, thanks to the assistance of their Danish compatriots, particularly clergy and fishermen. Pushed to the brink, theirs is a story of rescue, return, and compassion. The story is narrated Rabbi Bent Melchior, who was 14 at the time of the rescue and later became Chief Rabbi of Denmark and a prominent activist for refugee rights.