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FISHING CUTTER AS AN ICON

Even though boats larger than fishing cutters sailed many Jews to Sweden, it is the fishing cutter that today is the symbol of the rescue of the Danish Jews.

Several Holocaust museums have a fishing cutter. They are on postage stamps and shown in sculptures. "Elisabeth of Dragør" is today the only fishing cutter still in the water that sailed Jews to Sweden.

Astrid
Astrid

The fishing cutter "Astrid" from Snekkersten is today found in a park in Haifa, Israel. It sailed Jews to Sweden in October 1943 and was later purchased by the American Jewish philanthropist Lawrence Schacht, and placed in the park in November 1967. (Photo: Jerry Bergman / The Danish Jewish Museum).

Gilleleje
Gilleleje

Even though the Harbour of Copenhagen is the harbour from which most Jews made it to Sweden, in Gilleleje there is greater focus on the rescue than in other northern Zealand fishing villages.

The fishing cutter "Maagen" stands by the Gilleleje Museum. (Photo: Ole Akhøj / The Danish Jewish Museum).

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