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Mental illness

From 1945, compensation was paid to all those who had been deported to Theresienstadt, with the exception of those who were under 18. Only after later revisions of the law of compensation did life-long grants for mental disorders become possible.

Concentration camp syndrome was not recognized until 1954. PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - was recognized as a diagnosis in 1980. There are no investigations of the extent of mental illness and concentration camp syndrome among the Danish Jews. Revision of the law of compensation in 1968 provided increased recognition of and compensation for mental illness.


Metha Simson was deported with her husband and two children to Theresienstadt. After returning home, she began to doubt if there could be a God, when what she had experienced in Theresienstadt could happen. At his suggestion, she wrote her recollections down for a pastor. Since then, Metha's daughter has added notes and clippings. In their home the family never referred to their experiences during the war (Photo: Ole Akhøj / The Danish Jewish Museum).

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From October 1st 2015 to December 31st 2016 HOME is only available for pre-booked guided tours. Book now:

Acces from the Library Garden

You can acces the HOME exhibition directly from the Library Garden. It is wheelchair accessible and inside is a cloakroom.

Space and spaciousness

- an exhibition about Jews in Denmark

The exhibition is a broad story of Jewish life in Denmark and focuses on co-exixstence and indentity through 400 years. Read more...

Openings hours

September - May:
Tuesday-Friday: 1 pm - 4 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 12 noon - 5 pm
Monday closed