"Light in the Darkness" - Lecture on the Nazi occupation of Denmark

Date: Sunday, November 06, 2011 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

This major lecture, jointly sponsored by Congregation Shir Libeynu and First Unitarian for Holocaust Education Week, features Danish scholar Thorsten Wagner.


Anti-Jewish laws were never introduced in Nazi-occupied Denmark: the government and the King made it clear that it would lead to the immediate end of their cooperation. Danish people saw themselves as morally, religiously or politically accountable, and acted on this sense of responsibility when Nazi Germany wanted to deport the Danish Jews in 1943. Recent research has contributed to a more nuanced understanding of this historical period. Challenging questions emerge: why did ordinary Danes take action to save their fellow Jewish citizens, though anti-Semetic notions were held by significant parts of the population?


Thorsten Wagner is German-Danish historian, born and raised in Denmark. After having been a docent at the Jewish Museum of Berlin and a research fellow at the Danish Center for Historical and Genocide Studies, he has, since 2008, been involved with research and teaching at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Since 2010, he has had a permanent position as a lecturer (Associate Professor) at DIS/University of Copenhagen.

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