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Listen to the audioguide: "The first evacuation"
THE FIRST EVACUATION
Everyone in Gilleleje knew that draper Tage Jacobsen was an adamant opponent of the Nazis. During the war, he hung satirical and anti-Nazi illustrations, maps of the frontlines and a drawing in the colours of the Royal Air Force in the windows of his shop. Summer guests to the small fishing village noticed this. This was why the Jewish Kublitz family sought out Tage Jacobsen on 29 September 1943 – wishing to get in contact with a fisherman who would sail them to Sweden.
Tage advised the family to stay at his house, because there were German soldiers staying at the hotel in the village, where the family had intended to sleep. That night, Tage contacted the fisherman Niels Clausen, who was persuaded to sail the family to Sweden on his boat. The children were given sleeping pills, and Clausen picked up the family by the pier at Strandbakkerne, east of Gilleleje. He returned during the early morning hours of 30 September.
This was the first evacuation of Jews to Sweden from Gilleleje.