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Duckwitz, Georg Ferdinand, 1904-1973

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Personal name headingDuckwitz, Georg Ferdinand, 1904-1973
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LocatedCopenhagen (Denmark)
Birth date1904-09-29
Death date1973-02-16
Place of birthBremen (Germany)
Field of activityRighteous Gentiles in the Holocaust
Found inTyskere imod Hitler : fem diplomater i København, 1999: p. 3 (Georg Ferdinand Duckwitz, 1904-1973; German diplomat)
Jewish Virtual Library, 3 January 2018 (Georg Ferdinand Duckwitz was born on September 29, 1904, in Bremen, Germany, to an old patrician family in the Hanseatic city. After finishing commercial college, he pursued a career in the international coffee trade, residing for several years in Scandinavian countries. In 1939, the Nazi Foreign Ministry assigned him to the German embassy in Copenhagen as an expert in maritime affairs. As Duckwitz was intimately acquainted with local conditions and enjoyed good connections with Danish leaders, after 1942, he became a close confidant of the new Nazi Reich Representative (Reichsbevollmächtigter) for Denmark, Werner Best. On September 28, 1943, Werner Best tipped off his confidant about the plan for the deportation of Denmark's Jewish community of 6,500 people. At great risk to himself, Duckwitz proceeded to inform his Danish Social-Democratic friends, who, in turn, alerted the leadership of the Danish Jewish community. This made it possible for the Danes to carry out their great rescue operation, during which some 6,000 Jews where transported overnight in ships and boats across the sea to the safety of neighboring Sweden. On March 29, 1971, Yad Vashem recognized Duckwitz as among the Righteous Among the Nations.)
Wikipedia, 3 January 2018 (Georg Ferdinand Duckwitz (29 September 1904, Bremen-16 February 1973) was a German diplomat. During World War II he served as an attaché for Nazi Germany in occupied Denmark. He tipped off the Danes about the German's intended deportation of the Jewish population in 1943 and arranged for their reception in Sweden. It is estimated that he prevented the German deportation of 95% of Denmark's Jews in the resulting rescue of the Danish Jews.)
Arendt, H. Eichmann in Jerusalem, 2006: page 173 (A few days before the date of doom, a German shipping agent, Georg F. Duckwitz, having probably been tipped off by [Werner] Best himself, had revealed the whole plan to Danish government officials, who, in turn, had hurriedly informed the heads of the Jewish community.)
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