“All You Need Is Love” – Zoodles, Part 4. Chocoodles.

It has been popularly reported that the Nazis ordered all Danish Jews to wear an identifying yellow star, as elsewhere in Nazi controlled territories. In some versions of the story, King Christian X opted to wear such a star himself and the Danish people followed his example, thus making the order unenforceable (Wikipedia).

Here is a staunch defender of his Jewish subjects, King Christian X, defiantly riding through the streets of Copenhagen without guard or even a groom, as he did every day. The story of the King and the star is a myth, though. Nonetheless, when the Nazi occupiers ordered Danish Jews to be arrested and deported, the Danish resistance movement, with the assistance of many Danish citizens, managed to evacuate 7,220 of Denmark’s 7,800 Jews, plus 686 non-Jewish spouses, 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 aggression in the countries occupied by Nazi Germany. As a result of the rescue, and the following Danish intercession on behalf of the 464 Danish Jews who were captured and deported to the Theresienstadt transit camp in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, over 99% of Denmark’s Jewish population survived the Holocaust.

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(FILES) In this file photograph taken on November 9, 2018, men wearing Jewish kippa skullcaps attend a ceremony at the Synagogue Rykestrasse in Berlin, to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Kristallnacht Nazi pogrom. – The campaign for this week’s European election has raised the spectre of a surge in extreme nationalist and populist views, and no community is more concerned that the continent’s Jews. Recent years have seen increasing in anti-Semitic speech and violence in many parts of the continent, with once taboo language sometimes creeping into mainstream politics. Before World War II and the Holocaust there were more than nine million Jews in Europe. (Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP)
In response to a surge of antisemitism and a 20% increase of antisemitic crimes in Germany in the past year, Germany’s government commissioner on Jewish Life Felix Klein issued a warning,” “I can no longer recommend Jews wear a kippah at every time and place in Germany.”
“The opposite is true,” tweeted Richard Grenell, the US ambassador to Germany. “Wear your kippah. Wear your friend’s kippah. Borrow a kippah and wear it for our Jewish neighbors. Educate people that we are a diverse society.”

The spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Steffen Seibert, stated that “the state has to ensure that the free exercise of religion is possible for everyone” (The Washington Post).

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The shining example of the people of Denmark and their King has been emulated by our friends and supporters 76 years later. We are immensely grateful to them for their solidarity and love for their fellow human beings. Kristallnacht and the tragedy of Holocaust should never happen again, and the only thing that can save us  – and the world! – from it is LOVE!
Here is my very small contribution to
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via “All You Need Is Love” – Zoodles, Part 4. Chocoodles.

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  1. lifelessons says:

    Why is it that these battles have to be fought over and over, generation after generation? I keep hoping something is going to stay in place, in spite of movements and leaders who try to suck us back down into the muck. I guess we need to keep our keys trained on those such as the people you describe who fight against small minds and oppression. Thanks for this post, Dolly.

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    1. I thank you for your understanding and compassion, Judy. I was literally burning until I got this post out!

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      1. lifelessons says:

        Can you imagine what it would be like if one were a Jewish black woman? To be the target of three prejudices? Any one is bad enough.

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      2. Oh, I know a few Jewish black women, and they are the strongest and the most wonderful ladies I’ve ever met. Adversities make us strong.

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      3. lifelessons says:

        Yes, but there is a limit to what adversities we should be made to face.

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      4. Very true, but we are not always in control of those. We do what we can to change the minds of those who create unreasonable or dangerous adversaries.

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      5. lifelessons says:

        Nature just isn’t set up in a very fair manner. Especially human nature. But what works is such a miracle and somehow that unfairness seems to have been a part of it since its inception.

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  2. We. should never, ever, forget. A superb reminder, Dolly

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    1. Thank you very much for your understanding and compassion, Derrick

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  3. jonahzsong says:

    Beautiful post. Thanks so much.
    L-RD Bless, Keep, Shine. . .

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment, dear friend! Many blessings to you and yours!

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  4. WOW!!!! More people need to follow King Christian X’s lead and do the same. Great story. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kindness and compassion, dear Jeanne!

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      1. You are very welcome. 🙂

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  5. There is never a reason to act from a place of hate.

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    1. Yet many people and countries do, even today, dear Mimi. Thank you for your kindness and understanding.

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  6. lghiggins says:

    I’m sad to hear the story of the Danish king wearing the star is not true. It has always stood as an example to me of the impact of positive leadership and the best response to the hatred of that period. I guess he did have a positive impact if 99% of the Danish Jews survived. Thanks for sharing this post. I have such a hard time understanding how any people could have as their goal to wipe out a whole people group.

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    1. Thank you for your kindness and understanding, dear Linda! I was surprised myself to learn that King and the Star story was not true, but if it was created to glorify a valiant leader who did manage to save almost all his Jewish subjects, which was unprecedented, he certainly deserved glorification, as a true hero of his times. Genocide is not a new phenomenon, sadly, and there are still people in our times who have the same goal. It’s friends like you who extend hope!

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  7. Joëlle says:

    Hi Dolly, as a European I can say that we are living in treacherous times. I am ashamed at the way my fellow citizens (including my small village where there are practically no non-Europeans!!!) voted in the last elections.
    When our kids were growing up I bought “Number the stars”, by Lois Lowry, for them to read. Actually, I even used a couple of excerpts in my English class with my ninth graders. Have you ever read it? It is based on a true story, and tells how some Danish people helped they Jewish friends escape during WW2. Very moving.
    Have a nice day, Dolly!

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    1. Thank you for your understanding and compassion, dear Joelle! I am aware of the situation in Europe, but the great Russian writer (and almost Stalin’s son-in-law) had predicted it in the 30’s, when he wrote “Trest D.E. or Down with Europe.”
      I have not read “Number the Stars,” and I thank you for recommending it – will definitely read it.
      Have a wonderful day, dear friend!

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      1. Joëlle says:

        Hi Dolly, my day is almost over 🙃
        Just to let you know “Number the Stars” is a book aimed at children. Still, I enjoyed it tremendously.

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      2. Dear Joelle, my youngest grandkids are 8 and 10, Thank you again for recommending this book!
        Good night, sweet dreams…

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  8. spearfruit says:

    Great post…Interesting story Dolly

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    1. Thank you for reading it, Gary

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  9. purpleslob says:

    May the memory of King Christian ever be a blessing! What a valiant king and people to save almost their whole population of Jews!! Almighty God was well pleased!

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    1. Thank you so much, dearest friend, for your kindness and compassion! I think He is pleased when any of His children are kind to His other children, as you are to me, my favorite purple person. Many blessings to you and yours!

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      1. purpleslob says:

        Thank you so much. God blesses me every day with life and breath!

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      2. Definitely, and also with a wonderful family and a great sense of humor – these are all His gifts!

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  10. Thank you for the story, Dolly! Its a shame whats going on in Germany.
    Maybe a part of some officials which want not enlighten till now unsaid things about the growing up of the Nazis in the past. WWI told there was a population put down by nobilities wishes to win the war. Then William II was expelled to the Netherlands, and … They tried to get him back. We Germans always trust to much in authorities, without using our brains. 😉 Michael – Btw: Here in town officials tried to uplift a WWII memorial to honor very questionable persons from the Wehrmacht. Please: Always have an eye on Germany from outside. Thank you!

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    1. About 30 years ago I visited a friend in Germany (may she rest in peace now) and heard someone glorifying Nazis on TV, stating that “it was the most glorious period in German history.” I was shocked, and I asked my friend if maybe I have lost my command of German language and misunderstood. She confirmed that it was a “beginning of a phenomenon.” It looks like the phenomenon has grown, and it is very disturbing.
      Thank you, Michael, for your understanding and compassion!

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      1. Oh yes, its a very sad situation in Germany, since some years. Since over five years on TV they are showing documentations about the Nazi era. Not real glorification, but i think it would be better to teach the people in real life what happend. Not only by documentations where you most time have to watch uniforms and all the evil signs. ;-( Best wishes, Michael

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      2. Thank you again, Michael, and best wishes to you as well. Have a great weekend!

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      3. You too, Dolly! Let the alligators outside! 🙂

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      4. LOL I have an alligator inside – a toy alligator for cats.

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  11. In my opinion, what the world needs now in addition to love is wisdom.

    Having wisdom combined with love helps reduce foolish love.

    Regards and good will bolgging.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment, dear friend. I agree with you.

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  12. The growing anti-Semitism is deeply disturbing. We must stand together against such hatred. God bless and protect you, Dolly.

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    1. Thank you so much for your support, and your kindness and compassion, dear Anna!

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  13. Charlee: “When our mama had our own classroom, every year she taught the book ‘Number the Stars’ which is about the Jews in Denmark during World War II.”
    Chaplin: “We don’t understand why humans have to go through these same things over and over again.”
    Lulu: “You would think with their big brains, they would know better.”

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    1. You are so much smarter than humans, guys! It’s not about the size of the brain; it’s what you do with it. I’ve heard about the book and will get it, thank you.
      Meows and purrs from The Cat Gang!

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    1. Thank you, dear friend.

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  14. Chava says:

    Wow, what a moving piece. I just stumbled across your blog and had to leave a comment. First of all, thank you for sharing this. The antisemitism that’s been spreading as of late is quite scary and disheartening. How do we not learn compassion for those who are different from us? All of us have experienced being an outsider at some point of time, why would anyone subject someone else to feeling unsafe? It’s unfathomable. My husband and I are quite lucky that we live in a state that’s fairly philo-semitic (although, that too comes with some issues, as the reasons for the love often stem from falsehoods), but when we travel we often worry, how safe will we be? Do I wear my necklace donning my Hebrew name that means so much to me (the answer is always, yes, yet it’s not always so easy)? And we have the privilege of being on holiday, whereas how do those who must live in an unfriendly place cope with the recent trends?

    Anyway…sorry for the rambling. Your post is beautiful and timely, and I thank you for sharing it.

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    1. Dear Chava, first of all, I am so glad you have found my blog because now I have found yours, and I love it! Happy to have met you!
      Secondly, I thank you for your kind and thoughtful comment and I appreciate the neologism “philo-semitic.” However, I think that we shouldn’t we afraid to stand tall and proud as Jews (I did that in communist Russia), yet we shouldn’t lose vigilance, as anti-Semites flourish in the most philo-semitic places. Years ago, I had a department chair who scheduled weekly faculty meetings on Fridays at 5 PM. When I explained that during most of Fall and Spring semesters I will not be able to attend since I have to beat the traffic to get home for Shabbos, she replied, “It’s a matter of priorities. I also have two dogs at home I have to feed.” Which immediately brought to my mind a famous remark by a Kotzker Rebbe who visited Berlin in the 30’s. He noticed dog’s beauty salons and boutiques, and people walking dogs decked out in all kinds of fancy outfits. The Rebbe said that those who treat dogs like people, will soon treat people like dogs.
      Have a lovely, serene day,
      Dolly

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  15. I remember thinking, the day after America elected that dreadful person who is currently squatting like a toad in the White House, that “This is the anniversary of Kristallnacht”. Sadly appropriate. He is such a dreadful, dreadful role model for our country. o many awful things have happened since he took office. Let’s just say, “King Christian, he’s not”. (I’m not very fond of the Current Occupant. Can you tell?)

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    1. I get your drift, darling! Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Have a lovely weekend!

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      1. Narine says:

        It’s really nteresting. History which I dont know. Thank you

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      2. My pleasure, glad you liked it.

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  16. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    EXCELLENT ARTICLE! HEAR OH ISRAEL *AND EVERYONE ELSE) THE LORD YOUR GOD IS ONE…AND YOU ARE TO LOVE HIM…AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF! IF THE DANES AND GERMNS CAN…WHAT STOPS US????

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Jonathan, for reblogging and a wonderful, heartfelt introduction! It is friends and neighbors like you who make us feel safe anywhere we find ourselves.

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