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Safe Haven

October 1943 several thousand Jews fled from the coast of Zealand to Sweden. After arrival, the Swedish authorities kept a record of all arriving persons. This database can be used to search for individuals who fled to Sweden in the year 1943 and onwards.

In 2018, the Danish Jewish Museum and the Danish Institute for International Studies marked the 75th anniversary of the action against the Danish Jews with the publication of the Swedish refugee protocols, which were created in connection with the flight of the Danish Jews to Sweden. 

The protocols contained in this database are copies from the National Archives in Stockholm and give insight into the experiences of the Danish Jews during the flight. They highlight flight routes, arrival times and payment conditions. This is not a complete material, but does touch on over 6.000 reports of about 20 different report types. There is more material in the Swedish archives.

The Danish Jewish Museum often receives inquiries from researchers as well as relatives and friends of the Jewish refugees. The refugee protocols answer many of these questions and offer museum users a unique insight into the events that unfolded in October 1943. 

The project aims to publish the protocols and ensure a user-friendly database that meets a need for knowledge among researchers, genealogists and in the education sector.  

Explore the database here