Over 150 children were for shorter or longer periods hidden in Denmark after the roundup of the Jews in October 1943. The youngest was only six days old, the oldest 17 years. For most of these children, the separation lasted over one and a half years. A few were later sent to their parents in Sweden.
Many parents never spoke to their children about these experiences. The belief at that time was that silence was best. It was all to be forgotten.
Claus Arentoft was a hidden child in Denmark, when his mother had to flee to Sweden in October 1943. His foster parents received permission to adopt him after the war. He did not realize until he was 20 years old that he was adopted and of Jewish family.
Portrait of Claus Arentoft, undated (The Danish Jewish Museum).
The four siblings Nina, Bodil, Ole and Lillian Marcus were reunited after the war. In 1943 the two older children succeeded in fleeing together with their father and stepmother to Sweden, while the two younger ones, Lillian and Bodil, were hidden at a convent in Nykøbing Falster.
Photograph from 1946 after the whole family was again reunited in Horsens (The Danish Jewish Museum).
Eva and Esther König with their mother Selda Holtzmann. Eva and Esther were from a family of 12 siblings, of whom 11 became hidden children in 1943. On the back of the photograph it says: "Mother came home from Sweden when we were in first grade." Photograph from 1948 (Dansk Jødisk Museum).
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