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German friend confirmed king did wear yellow star

READING the story regarding the plight of the Danish Jews during the Nazi occupation of Denmark prompts me to add to this article.

As a youngster in the early 1950s, my closest, dearest childhood friend was a girl named Alice Nathan.

She was the younger daughter of German Jews who had left Hitlerís Germany to settle in Denmark.

From the beginning, the family was made welcome by its Christian neighbours, colleagues and friends.

Although very young at the time, Alice recalled the familyís perilous flight, in a fishing boat, from Nazi-controlled Denmark to Sweden.

Children and vulnerable persons were given sedatives to ensure they remained silent and did not attract the attention of the German patrol boats.

On arrival in Sweden, it was discovered Alice had lost her shoes ó it was bitterly cold and having given all their money to the fisherman who had brought them to safety, they nevertheless entered a shop, explained their plight, and asked if the shopkeeper could replace the childís shoes and promised to pay as soon as they could.

Not only was Alice given shoes but additional clothing for her and her sister too.

After the war, the family returned to Denmark, were warmly welcomed by their former neighbours and the possessions which prior to their departure had been entrusted to their Christian friends, returned to them.

Although the writer states there is no historical proof that King Christian did attach a yellow star to his garment during his regular horse ride in the capital Copenhagen, I recall Aliceís father telling me this did happen.

The king made no distinction between Jews and non-Jews. All were Danish citizens and this is why he did what he did.

Janette Jacobs,
Cheadle,
Cheshire.

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