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Chief Rabbi of Denmark Interned but Not Deported, Germans Announce; Terror Continues

October 17, 1943
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German authorities in Denmark today issued a denial of the report that Chief Rabbi Friediger of Copenhagen has been deported on one of the “deportation vessels.” Admitting that the Chief Rabbi has been arrested, the German authorities declared that “he is still interned in Denmark.”

The number of Danish. Jews already deported from Denmark is estimated in the Swedish press today to have reached more than 1,000. The homes of the deported Jews are being sacked by the Germans and the loot sent to Germany.

Information reaching here today from Denmark states that Rena Pfiffer-Madsen, famous Danish music critic, was mortally wounded by the Germans when attempting to escape to Sweden. She was taken to a Danish hospital where she died of her wounds. Nazi officials also reasserted Prof. Niels Nielson in reprisal for his part in the Danish Students’ Association protest against Jewish persecution. The proclamation, read by Prof. Nielson at a special meeting of the Association, stated; “The removal of a group of our countrymen from all official positions has caused the management of the Students’ Association, as the leading Danish cultural institution, to condemn with sharpest protest these acts which are so strongly in opposition to the Danish mentality.”

The German Minister in Denmark, Werner Best, is being flooded with resolutions from various organisations in the country demanding that German action against Danish Jews be stopped. Bodies submitting resolutions of this nature include 30 civil service organisations, 21 Danish youth groups, the Academic Architects Association, Danish Pharmaceutical Association, Danish Engineers Association, Danish Medical Association, Danish Veterinarians Association, Danish Dentists Association, lawyers Union, Danish Chemists Association, and Gymnastic School teachers Association.

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