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Copenhagen was once home to thousands of Jews. Though never large in numbers, Danish Jews continue to exert a significant and lasting influence on the nation's culture. From renowned designer Henning Koppel to celebrated comic Victor Borge, from famed architect Arne Jacobsen to many more, their contributions are inextricably linked to the history of the country.
This interweaving of Danish and Jewish history was severely tested during World War II – and provided one of the few lights in an otherwise bleak era. Despite German occupation, Denmark saved more than 99% of its Jewish population from murder, thanks to the support of civil servants at all levels of government as well as hundreds of ordinary Danish citizens who joined the resistance movement.
The rich history and miraculous rescue of Denmark's Jews will come alive on your Milk & Honey Tour. During your time in the Danish capital, you will surely enjoy a visit to the Old Jewish Quarter, as well as the Danish Jewish Museum, a work by Daniel Libeskind (known for the Jewish Museum in Berlin, among many other architectural treasures around the world.) Although the G.F. Hetsch-designed Great Synagogue is currently closed for renovations, the nearby Trinitatis Church, where the synagogue's Torah scrolls were hidden during World War II (and managed to survive unscathed!) may be of interest.
Throughout our Jewish tours, you will be enchanted by anecdotes and sagas of Copenhagen's history and of Jewish life in hidden side streets and majestic squares. You can learn about Jewish-Danish intellectualism while standing before the statue of physicist and Nobel laureate Niels Bohr. Another point of interest is the Wounded Woman Sculpture, presented to the Danish people by the State of Israel in appreciation of their help in evacuating nearly 8,000 Jews to Sweden during the Holocaust.
You can also get a sesnse of the Jewish communities flourishing in Copenhagen today. There are an estimated 8,000 predominantly Ashkenazi Jews in Denmark, most of whom live in Copenhagen and the immediate surroundings. The city is home to two synagogues, multiple Jewish institutions, and two Jewish periodicals, proving that there is plenty of contemporary Jewish life to explore with your Milk & Honey Tours guide!
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