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Nazis Start Mass Arrests of Jews in Denmark; Jewish Population is Trapped

August 31, 1943
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Jews are being arrested throughout Denmark following establishment of the military dictatorship imposed by the German authorities upon the defiant Danish population, it was reported here today by well-informed sources.

The same sources predicted that the Nazi anti-Jewish measures from which the 6,000 Jews of Denmark have hitherto been spared due to the opposition of King Christian, will now be introduced as they were in Norway and other German-occupied countries. There is no way that Jews can escape from Denmark since Danish waters are now well guarded by the German fleet, it was pointed out.

In addition to Danish Jews, there are in Denmark today about 500 Jewish refugee youths from central European countries, including members of the Hechalutz who were trained in Denmark for agricultural work in Palestine and were hoping to reach Palestine at the first opportunity. About a dozen of them succeeded several weeks ago in securing illegal transportation across several countries and some of them are reported to have arrived in Turkey.

It was estimated here today that there are also 600 adult Jewish refugees from Central Europe in Denmark. Those who married Danish women have up to now enjoyed the full protection of the Danish authorities and were given relief when needed. With the German military authorities assuming complete control of the country this protection has automatically ceased.

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