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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 14Focusing on Jews in the Polish Borderlands$
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Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774693

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774693.001.0001

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A Fish Breaks through the Net:Sven Norrman and the Holocaust

A Fish Breaks through the Net:Sven Norrman and the Holocaust

(p.295) A Fish Breaks through the Net:Sven Norrman and the Holocaust
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 14

Józef Lewandowski

Liverpool University Press

This chapter takes a look at Sven Norrman (1892–1979), a little-known Swedish engineer who waged his own private war against Nazism. He was the first man to break the news of the Nazis' large-scale genocide operations to the British. The process of mass murder had been in operation for several months before any information about it managed to break through the web of Gestapo surveillance. Certainly, some signals penetrated earlier, but they were vague and unconfirmed, and seemingly too fantastic, and they were easily drowned out in the clamour of war information. Aside from his correspondence regarding the Holocaust, Norrman's activities in Poland also involved carrying the materials gathered by employees of the Polskie Towarzystwo Elektryczne (PTE). He also gave regular support to Jewish employees of PTE hiding on the ‘Aryan’ side; to those who were in the ghetto he sent help through people who knew how to slip into the ghetto.

Keywords:   Sven Norrman, Holocaust, Polskie Towarzystwo Elektryczne, Nazism, World War II

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