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The hidden children

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.

Forwarded
Forwarded
Arthur and Jan Norden had name tags around their necks when they arrived by fishing boat in Sweden on October 29, 1943. The two brothers were 7 and 11 years old. After they had reached land, they spent the night in Malmö. From there transportation was arranged to the destination indicated on their name tags, where their parents were staying (The Danish Jewish Museum).
Letters from mother in Sweden
Letters from mother in Sweden
Jeff Ibbo's mother sent postcards to Jeff from Sweden. Jeff was 2 years old in 1943 and he stayed with his mother's non-Jewish cousin in Lyngby. When he returned to his parents after the war he missed his foster parents terribly. He visited them later in his vacations (The Danish Jewish Museum).
Foster parents
Foster parents
Allan Falk photographed in the summer of 1944. Allan Falk was only 9 months old when his parents fled to Sweden. His foster parents in Himmelev near Roskilde cared for him as if he were their own child. Allan's reunion with his own parents was a great sorrow both to him and his foster parents (The Danish Jewish Museum).
It became my home
It became my home

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).

Separated and reunited
Separated and reunited

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).

Many hidden siblings
Many hidden siblings

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).

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...

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