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A home to return to

On October 2, 1943, the Foreign Ministry urged the city of Copenhagen to preserve the property of the Jews, after the blow they had been struck by the "actions initiated by the German authorities". This responsibility was assigned to a small group of staff members called the Social Service.

In the clear expectation that the Jews would return home, the Social Service went to work. 97 apartments were maintained and 350 sets of household goods were stored on the initiative of the Social Service. 1,970 investigations were carried out concerning apartments left empty by the fleeing Jews up through April 1945.

The secret service
The secret service
In 1944 the Social Service destroyed part of its own archives for fear of the Gestapo's interest in its activities. Only a fraction of the addresses visited at that time are marked on this map.
Headquarters
Headquarters

The Social Service with office in Bernstorffshus assumed other responsibilities than inspecting apartments: e.g. saving the Torah rolls in the synagogue in Copenhagen and the contents of the museum of the Jewish Community in Denmark, shipping the deportees' own clothing to them in Theresienstadt and organizing food parcels. All these services became known only after the return to Denmark (Photo: Ole Akhøj/ The Danish Jewish Museum).

The Torah Bells
The Torah Bells
After the war the Jewish Community became aware that the Social Service of the city of Copenhagen had played a major role in saving the Torah scrolls of the synagogue in Krystalgade in October 1943. In gratitude a set of Torah bells was presented to the city in 1956. Attending the ceremony are the president of the Jewish Community, Karl Lachmann, the chief rabbi, Marcus Melchior and director Erik Hertz, as well as the coming mayor, Sigvard Munk and the director of social services Rud Conrad (Photo: 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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