Even though boats larger than fishing cutters sailed many Jews to Sweden, it is the fishing cutter that today is the symbol of the rescue of the Danish Jews.

Several Holocaust museums have a fishing cutter. They are on postage stamps and shown in sculptures. "Elisabeth of Dragør" is today the only fishing cutter still in the water that sailed Jews to Sweden.


The fishing cutter "Astrid" from Snekkersten is today found in a park in Haifa, Israel. It sailed Jews to Sweden in October 1943 and was later purchased by the American Jewish philanthropist Lawrence Schacht, and placed in the park in November 1967. (Photo: Jerry Bergman / The Danish Jewish Museum).


Even though the Harbour of Copenhagen is the harbour from which most Jews made it to Sweden, in Gilleleje there is greater focus on the rescue than in other northern Zealand fishing villages.

The fishing cutter "Maagen" stands by the Gilleleje Museum. (Photo: Ole Akhøj / The Danish Jewish Museum).

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From October 1st 2015 to December 31st 2016 HOME is only available for pre-booked guided tours. Book now:

Acces from the Library Garden

You can acces the HOME exhibition directly from the Library Garden. It is wheelchair accessible and inside is a cloakroom.

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...

Openings hours

September - May:
Tuesday - Friday: 13 - 16
Saturday - Sunday: 12 - 17
Monday closed

June - August
Tuesday - Sunday: 10-17
Monday closed