"The Only Way"
Directed by Bent Christensen
In the tradition of The
Holocaust, The Hiding Place and Playing for Time, this is the
true and magnificent saga of Denmark's valorous actions to save Danish
Jews from Nazi extermination at peril of death. With Jane Seymour and
Martin Potter. 86 minutes.
"Filmed in Denmark using mainly Danish actors but in spoken English - not dubbed. This is the story of a nice ordinary Copenhagen man in German-occupied Denmark (beautifully played by Ove Sprogoe) who goes to extraordinary lengths to help his Jewish friend and family into hiding and away from German capture and deportation to a concentration camp. First he hears rumours of a round-up of Jews and has to convince his friend to take the rumours
seriously. Then he has to ask around to find an escape route for them - a
hard task in itself as those who may be able to help are suspicious that
he may be a German informer! When he finally finds 'a way' he accompanies
them under the noses of Germans sent to arrest them. He sees them (as part
of a group of Jewish people) into a small boat which will take them across
the sea into neutral Sweden and safety, at the last undertaking to look
after their belongings until their return. Based on the true, little known
story of how lots of Danish people spontaneously helped the majority of
their Jewish countrymen escape the Nazis. The film is balanced, sober yet
uplifting in it's decency. An example of ordinary people doing
extraordinary things. You must see it."