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 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).
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