- Refugee Database 1933-1945
files of 8.160 refugees
One of the most recent Holocaust-related investigations involves Danish refugee policy from 1933 to 1945 with a specific focus on Jewish refugees coming from Germany. Researchers at the Danish Institute for International Studies gained access, after application, to the personal files of foreigners coming to Denmark during that period. These files, Udlændingesager (UDL) 1926-1983, are only accessible by application.
The results of the investigation have been published in four volumes, covering refugee policy in Denmark before and during the Occupation, and a database was developed based on the material, Flygtningedatabasen 1933-1945, administered by the National Archive (Riksarkivet).
source materials: Rigspolitichefen (National Police Office of Denmark, monitoring foreigners: expired cases (foreigner's cases), visa matters and observation cases.
Database has files of 8.160 refugees: 1) political and Jewish refugees, some of which stayed for a shorter or a longer period of time in Denmark, 2) refugees who have been rejected at the border, 3) person who sought asylum in vain either from abroad or from family and friends.
Access is granted by application and must go through the Danish Data Protection Agency since the material contains personal information.
Danish legislation is generally very protective of individual privacy, which can make access difficult to files related to individuals. Individuals cannot be mentioned by name, and files have to be anonymized when mentioned or described.
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