2023 marks the 80th anniversary of the remarkable rescue of Denmark’s Jews by their fellow countrymen in 1943. On this occasion, we at Humanity in Action are happy to share that our animated documentary short film “Voices in the Void” is now available to watch on YouTube. The film is available in English and Danish with subtitles in German, Hebrew and Arabic.
“Voices in the Void” tells the story of the Melchior family in occupied Denmark and their escape to Sweden during October 1943. Thousands of Danes refused to turn their backs on their Jewish neighbors and despite extreme risks, Danish compatriots – particularly clergy and fishermen – assisted the Melchior family in their escape.
The film is narrated by the late Rabbi Bent Melchior, who was 14 years old during the rescue. Along the way, the audience witnesses instances of generosity and cruelty; beauty and evil; lightness and darkness.
> Watch clips from our interview with Rabbi Michael Melchior, son of Bent Melchior, as well as director Juan Pablo de Gamboa in our exclusive behind-the-scenes playlist.
Seventy-eight years after the fall of Nazi Germany, “Voices in the Void” is a moving story of resistance and resilience that promises to educate new generations about this important chapter of history.
“Voices in the Void” was produced with the generous support of the Danish Embassy in Israel and the Danish Foreign Ministry.
As we push deeper into the 21st century, humanity faces an inflection point: the last survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and the Second World War leave us, taking with them their personal memories of one of humanity’s darkest chapters. It is incumbent upon us to safeguard their stories and lessons learned at such tremendous expense.