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Subject: Lyr Req: Fred Small: December 1943
From: Bearheart
Date: 14 Oct 13 - 12:22 PM

No luck in The DT or on the forum, I need the words to this if anyone has them.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fred Small: December 1943
From: MartinRyan
Date: 14 Oct 13 - 12:35 PM

Background?

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fred Small: December 1943
From: MartinRyan
Date: 14 Oct 13 - 12:37 PM

Denmark 1943?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fred Small: December 1943
From: Bearheart
Date: 14 Oct 13 - 02:20 PM

It was written by Fred Small to commemorate the saving of the Danish Jews from Hitler by the rest of the Danes.

This is part of the entry on Wikipedia

The rescue of the Danish Jews occurred during Nazi Germany's occupation of Denmark during World War II. On October 1, 1943 Nazi leader Adolf Hitler ordered Danish Jews to be arrested and deported. Despite great personal risk, the Danish resistance movement with the assistance of many ordinary Danish citizens took part in a collective effort to evacuate about 7,800 Jews of Denmark by sea to nearby neutral Sweden.

The rescue allowed the vast majority of Denmark's Jewish population to avoid capture by the Nazis and is considered to be one of the largest actions of collective resistance to repression in the countries occupied by Nazi Germany. As a result of the rescue and Danish intercession on behalf of the 5% of Danish Jews who were deported to Theresienstadt transit camp in Bohemia, over 99% of Denmark's Jewish population survived the Holocaust.

I think I misposted on the other thread (greatest anti-war song) that t was 2000. It was an amazing feat as there were 8000 Jews in Denmark at that time. If you go to the link it explains how the Danes were able to protect the Jews prior to that time. I'm not good with blue clickies but it's here... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rescue_of_the_Danish_Jews


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fred Small: December 1943
From: Bearheart
Date: 14 Oct 13 - 02:32 PM

another bit of hstory I found that gives you a sense of it,

Gilleleje, one of the larger fishing harbours, lies at the northernmost point of the island of Zealand with train connections to Copenhagen. About one fifth of the Danish Jews escaped to Sweden via this village. Fishing boats as well as coastal freighters from the harbour took part. Jews were familiar with Gilleleje from summer holidays in the country and came to the area in droves. A committee of local people were quick to initiate rescue aid, even before representatives for the rescue groups in Copenhagen arrived. Many were needed to help find hiding places and food.

One of the survivors, Leif Wassermann, was only five years old when his family, including his parents, grandparents and younger sister, fled to their coastal summer home in Gilleleje. He later recalled how his father carried him down into the dark hull of the boat in the middle of the night, but he remembered the hushed voices, the cramped feeling as people crowded inside and the rotten smell of fish. They were rescued by Henny Sondig, the 19-year-old daughter of the boat manager, and the four-man crew of the the 20-ton lighthouse tender, named the Gerda III.

`We stayed very low on the floor. We heard there were German patrols outside. We saw flashlights going through the windows,´ Wassermann recalled. Although the Gerda III was regularly boarded by German soldiers, the refugees were never discovered. The boat made more than a dozen trips with groups of five to 20 people crammed inside the hull - thus saving many Jewish families from annihilation.Leif Wassermann and his family were not able to return to their homeland until May 5, 1945, when Denmark was liberated. Years later he was appointed vice consul and commercial attache of the Danish government in New York.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fred Small: December 1943
From: MartinRyan
Date: 14 Oct 13 - 03:41 PM

Yep - it's in the DT and has several threads in the forum. Search under Fred Small or Denmark 1943.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fred Small: December 1943
From: Bearheart
Date: 14 Oct 13 - 05:43 PM

ok I'll try again...
I did search under Denmark 1943


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fred Small: December 1943
From: sciencegeek
Date: 14 Oct 13 - 05:58 PM

some of that history is now here on the east coast of the USA.

Built in 1926 as a lighthouse tender, the Gerda III appears to be a common Danish workboat. But in October of 1943, she played a much more important role. The boat was used by Henny Sinding, the 19-year-old daughter of the boat's manager, and a four-man crew to rescue Jews from Nazi-occupied Denmark.

The refugees were brought to a warehouse along Copenhagen's waterfront and smuggled aboard the Gerda III, hiding in the cargo hold. The little vessel then set out on her official lighthouse supply duties, but detoured to the coast of neutral Sweden and put her "cargo" ashore. Although the vessel was regularly boarded and checked by German soldiers, the refugees were never discovered. The Gerda III rescued approximately 300 Jews, in groups of 10 to 15.

Henny Sinding and the brave crew were not part of the organized Danish resistance movement. Ordinary Danish citizens were outraged by the Nazi plan to deport Jews to the death camps. The Danish people mounted a spontaneous effort that saved more than 7,000 of their Jewish neighbors – almost the entire Jewish population of Denmark.

By an act of the Danish Parliament, the Gerda III was donated to the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City. The vessel was restored to her wartime appearance, complete with neutral flags, by the J. Ring Andersen yard in Denmark. Mystic Seaport is proud to help care for the boat and exhibit her in the United States.

link to Mystic http://www.mysticseaport.org/locations/vessels/gerda/


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fred Small: December 1943
From: sciencegeek
Date: 14 Oct 13 - 06:09 PM

the song is on Fred Small's "I Will Stand Fast" CD'

This year is the 60th anniversary of the evacuation, and proof that good people can make a difference.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fred Small: December 1943
From: MartinRyan
Date: 14 Oct 13 - 06:52 PM

Bearheart

Something odd happening with Supersearch at the moment, as far as I can see. Worked fine earlier. Give me a minute...

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fred Small: December 1943
From: MartinRyan
Date: 14 Oct 13 - 06:58 PM

As a quick fix, this will get you to the basic thread:

Click here

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fred Small: December 1943
From: Bearheart
Date: 14 Oct 13 - 10:50 PM

Thank you so much! Got it now.


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