Ninety-nine per cent of the Danish Jews survived the Holocaust, and that story is world famous. However, the consequences which the roundup of the Danish Jews in October 1943 had after the war are far less well-known. The Danish Jewish Museum intends now to rectify this with its most ambitious effort since the museum's opening in 2004.
The point of departure for the exhibition is the period following the liberation of Denmark on May 4, 1945, during which the Danish Jews returned home to Denmark. They had had widely varying experiences. The experiences of returning home were likewise varied: some had lost everything, others returned to an intact home. The return was also a reunion for families that had been split by exile and deportation, and families whose children had been hidden in Denmark after October 1943. Returning home meant learning of the Nazi extermination camps, worries about the fate of family and friends and dealing with traumatic experiences and grief.
They gritted their teeth; it was necessary to move on; others had suffered much more. Yet this did not mean that life after the war was without great challenges for many Danish Jews. Could everything be the way it had been before? The special exhibition focuses on the lives of the Danish Jews after their return home and the many long traces left by the war.
The special exhibition HOME has received support from
Knud Højgaards Fond
Ole Kirks Fond
Bernard Osher Jewish Philanthropies Foundation
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