”Dear Kamma, we have been taken by German police. Notify my school. Greetings from Klara."
I was there.
On the night between October 1 and 2, 1943, Klara and her family were forced to leave their home in Copenhagen. Klara secretly managed to leave a note to her friend Kamma. She wrote: "Dear Kamma, we have been taken by the German police. Notify my school. Greetings from Klara."
Klara's family and other Jews were taken to the port, where a ship was waiting. A rabbi made sure that the food was evenly distributed among the passengers on board. Since it was Klara's 14th birthday, she received double portions of crispbread. Thus began the journey towards the ghetto in Theresienstadt, Czechoslovakia.
Klara Tixell (1929), Denmark
The Family is Forced by the SS to Leave
Klara talks about the night when the family was forced to leave their home in Copenhagen.
1) Read the text and answer the question.
1a. What is the reason that Klara's family feel safe and decides to stay at home that night? Why didn't they escape?
2) Listen to Klara as she talks about how she and the family are taken by the SS.
3) Read the text about the night when the SS came to take Klara and her family and answer the question.
3a. What catches your attention the most in Klara's story (video clip and text) concerning what happened during the raid, when the SS men came to take the family? Motivate your answer.
4) Look at the picture and answer the questions.
4a. Klara tells that she managed to hide away a note to her friend Kamma saying that the family had been taken by German police during the night. How do you think Kamma reacted when she found the note?
4b. Imagine that you are Kamma and write a note in your diary about the night that Klara and her family were taken by the SS.
The Deportation to the Camp
Klara talks about the deportation to the camp.
5) Listen to Klara as she talks about the long deportation. Answer the questions.
5a. Klara describes some specific events during the boat and train transport. What makes the strongest impression on you?
In the map, the Theresienstadt camp has been marked. See if you can find the other places Klara mentions when she describes the route she was transported from Copenhagen in Denmark to Terezín, current Czech Republic.
Denmark in the 1930s and During the German Occupation
A slideshow about the situation of the Jews in Denmark during the German Occupation.
Historical Context Section 1: The History of the Danish Jews
Historical Context Section 2: Danish and East European Jews
Historical Context Section 3: Demark in the 1930s and During the German Occupation
Historical Context Section 5: The End of War and Liberation
The Danish Population Between Adaptation and Resistance During the German Occupation 1940-45