The Danish state set up offices for special affairs on May 16, 1945. All Danes who had been persecuted during the occupation could apply for compensation and receive economic aid. These agencies were superseded by the law of compensation for the victims of the occupation of October 1, 1945. This law has since been revised several times, in part as a result of the growing recognition of the psychological consequences that violent experiences may entail.
When the offices were shut down in 1946, aid corresponding to 105 million of today's Danish crowns had been paid out to victims. 65% of the returned Jews received temporary help from the offices which amounted to close to one quarter of the total aid.
The central office for special affairs left behind a mountain of paper. These papers provide deep insight into the situation in which the returned Jews found themselves, as well as how complicated it is to administer public economic aid.
Børge Levy Andersen took up the struggle with the central office for special affairs.
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- 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...