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The homeless

Despite considerable efforts in 1943 to protect the abandoned homes and property of the Danish Jews, only half were able to return home to their former residences. Apartments had been rented out to others and their belongings had disappeared. Camps for the homeless were set up in high schools and boarding houses. 1,534 persons lived at some point in these camps, 90-95% of them were Jews. The last camp was shut down in August, 1946.

The camps
The camps

The Central Office (of the Social Services) was only prepared to house about 200 people on their return. Holte High School had been set up to house people temporarily. Øregård High School was taken into service as well as Skovshoved School and a group of recently built homes for the elderly on Bispebjerg Road. When the two high schools had to be vacated, suburban villas in Gentofte were put into service.

Øregård Gymnasium 2010 (Photo: Ole Akhøj/The Danish Jewish Museum).

Living in a refugee camp
Living in a refugee camp

Jacob Oschlag was six years old on returning home and many years later he told about the time in the camp.

"We came home, but we had no place to live. All our things were gone. The first place we lived was in a refugee camp (...) I still have pictures - almost dreams: Lying somewhere with many people and hearing voices in many languages. It is ... What little family life we had disappeared completely in those months. Many Jews were gathered together. In the beginning at Skovshoved School and later at Trepilelågen. I don't know how many there were, but it is clear that no one was prepared to receive the Jews who came home again. It became a refugee problem." Interview with Jacob Oschlag, 2009.

(Photo: Ole Akhøj / The Danish Jewish 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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