Small Glimpes from the Family history

Sometimes we have a second to decide what to do in a situation and we don’t always know the consequences of our choices. last week I wrote about my aunt Eva in post about some of her life. During the WWII her sister-in-law lived very close by Eva and her family. In the last year of the war the resistance against the German occupation increased and the penalties were death sentences.

One day a young man chased by the Gestapo were running around in the area where Ingeborg and her husband lived. The young man slipped into the garden, knocked at the door AND was helped and hid until he could leave for some other place. The Gestapo never found out about it. If found guilty in helping the young man their house had been bombed and they had been shot.

Ingeborg had a sister called Guldborg. Her husband called Skriver Jensen ( Skriver is Writer!). He was a police officer and at the 21st of September 1944 the police were taken as many as they could at a false air raid alarm. Many were gathered and sent to concentration camps. I don’t know how Skriver Jensen escaped the situation. Maybe he was off that day and heard something about it. He went to a huge home for mentally deficient people and played the role of a very imbecile person. He went into hiding after that. During the last months of the war most of our Jewish citizens, the police and the resistance people survived in the KZ-camps were collected by a huge effort by the Swedish Red Cross and Danish voluntary people. The inmates were taken home in the so-called “White Buses”. Unfortunately so many other Kz prisoners were not helped. Skriver Jensen took part in this too. Passing through Germany at that time was extremely dangerous, but the busses were painted white with huge red crosses on so that the allied bombers wouldn’t hit them on the road. Not all managed the travel, but died from hunger and diseases.

The White Bus photo The Danish National Museum

The White Bus photo The Danish National Museum

After the war he went down again and helped to identify people by examining the teeth of dead Kz prisoners. Hearing about this as a child made a huge impression on me.

The photo collage is taken last 4th of May at “Mindelunden” in Copenhagen. Resistance  fighters are buried there or have memorial stones. At the wall the names of those who was never found in the Kz camps are mentioned.


 

If I was in a similar situation would I help without thinking about the consequences for my life? I hope I would. We still have to fight for freedom today.

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  1. I’ve been watching some documentaries of history lately – it is heart-wrenching and mind-boggling to think of what evil humans can do to one another, and yet what amazing, heroic good can be done by individuals and groups. The human heart is a mysterious thing. I’m sure we all like to think we would make the right decisions, but you do pose a difficult question that might only be answered in the moment.

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  2. Hello Maria… I have always had a great interest in studying the Holocaust… I have done a course an optional elective course in college about genocide, focused in the First War World… I have watched documentaries since then, Shoah, which is compelling and dates from the eighties and more recently Auschwitz a series of the BBC which is available on Netflix…
    I cry each time I listen to testimonies as I found them so terribly sad… But at the same time, I think that hope is still among them and courage too… So I always feel inspired and grateful for what I have.
    Thanks for sharing this story…it was a very compelling reading…
    All my best wishes, with love. Aquileana ⭐

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    • Thank you so much Aquileana for your kind comment. I like to read documentary stories from the survivors and families who have lost members. But I am still not able to watch documentary stories and I will never forget when I saw the pictures from the Kz survivors first time as a child in a weekly magazine. But I visit any holocaust museum and memorial when I see one

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      • I can understand you… I would like to visit Auschwitz if I ever had the chance… Memory is a not only an important element to keep a critical eye but to make sure that they would never ever happen again… Thank you, again… best wishes. Aquileana ⭐

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  3. Thank you for reading and commenting Bernadette. You are so right. We really don´t know how strong we are under pressure. But I think it helps to be mentally prepared so that we will act accordingly with our beliefs

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