I have read may of novels by Carol Matas over the years. They have all been good. Lisa’s War jumped off the shelf at the library the other day and I read what I thought was a new one of hers. Good as usual, it is the simple but well told story of a Jewish girl who helps herself and others to escape the Nazi occupation in Denmark.
What I found particularly interesting was the Afterword.
“Because of the courage and resourcefulness shown by the Danish people, both Jews and Gentiles, Denmark was one small bright corner in that terrible time. Of some 7,000 Danish Jews, only 474 were arrested and sent to the concentration camp of Theresienstadt, while the rest escaped to the safety of neutral Sweden.
But this great escape could not have happened if the SS had succeeded in trapping families in their homes on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. That shameful plan was foiled by G.F. Duckwitz, the member of the German embassy staff who was in charge of shipping in Copenhagen. Duckwitz risked his own life, first by trying unsuccessfully to prevent the roundup and then by secretly passing on a warning.”
This is not a new book. It was published in 1987. Well written, it is an oldie but a goodie.