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Author Howard S. Veisz

January 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Howard Veisz, the author of Henny’s Boat: The Maritime Rescue Operation That Saved Denmark’s Jews and Sparked a Nationwide Revolt Against the Nazis, will speak about the vessel Gerda III and its role in the October 1943 rescue of the Danish Jews – a nationwide effort that saved 95% of the country’s Jewish population from the Nazis. This program will take place in the Otis Library Community Room on Wednesday, January 25, at 6pm.

Working with the Gerda III’s 4-man crew, 22-year-old Henny Sinding escorted Jews from rendezvous points in Copenhagen to a waterfront warehouse and then, in pre-dawn darkness, onto the boat itself. Carrying up to 15 refugees at a time, Gerda III carried at least 300 Jews from Nazi occupied Denmark to safety in Sweden during a month of clandestine crossings. The Gerda III was presented to New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, as a gift of the Government of Denmark. The vessel was then restored in Denmark before the Museum brought it to the United States. It has been preserved and displayed at Mystic Seaport Museum since 1997 on behalf of the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Howard Veisz left a 35-year litigation career in 2009 and went to sea. After a 2-year sailing voyage, he settled in Mystic and began work as a shipyard volunteer at Mystic Seaport Museum. For much of the last decade, he has been deeply involved in preserving Gerda III and in reconstructing the history of the boat and the people who put it to such good use. Working with his wife, he travelled to Denmark to locate and meet with descendants, nephews and nieces of the people who carried out Gerda III’s rescue missions. Howard continues to play a leading role in preserving Gerda III and is often invited to speak about the Danish Rescue and its lessons for today’s world.

This program is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Masks are requested in the Library regardless of vaccination status.

Venue

Otis Library
261 Main St.
Norwich, CT United States
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