One way of dealing with dramatic events is to write them down. However, many years may pass before pen is put to paper.

A scrapbook may play the role of a mental attic. A special form of order rules there, and it is rarely intended for publication.

Ralph Oppenheim's scrapbook with materials collected while he was in Theresienstadt and afterwards. The book grew after the return to Denmark in 1945 (Photo: Ole Akhøj / The Danish Jewish Museum).

In 1987 Arnold Kaszub wrote his memoirs of his childhood in Germany, his flight to Denmark and then to Sweden. The memoir ends with the liberation of Denmark, May 5, 1945.


Childhood memoirs
Childhood memoirs
Eva Larsen recounts in "What I myself know of my childhood" about the conditions at the children's homes in Hornbæk and Birkerød. She was sent there when her mother had to flee to Sweden in October 1943. She describes, among other things, the attempts to make her give up her Jewish identity (The Danish Jewish Museum).
Unpublished account
Unpublished account

"It is not easy to be a refugee." Account by Philip Plon.

"In 1938 I came to Denmark, after I had had to leave my whole world - my family"

"The picture of my parents at our farewell on the platform is stamped in my memory. Mother cried - and smiled on and off so that I wouldn't be sad - and my father walked a few steps back and forth, so that he could dry a tear without being discovered. We all suspected that we never would see each other again ..."

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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