What did the laws of Denmark protect the Jews from?

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There is a popular legend that the king of Denmark, Christian X wore a yellow Star of David badge to demonstrate his support of the Jews in his country. While this is probably the material of legend, the story demonstrates the staunch support that the Danish-Jewish population enjoyed during the reign of Christian. Unlike other western European countries, the Danes passed laws to protect the property of the Jews. The government did not require registration of assets by the Jews and did not require Jews to forfeit their property rights. Jews also were not asked to carry identification papers or wear anything that would distinguish themselves from the rest of the population. The police in Denmark were also used to protect synagogues and Jewish property. When orders came from Hitler to deport the Jews in 1943, the task was made nearly impossible by an organized resistance movement in Denmark.



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