Jørgen Kieler, Danish physician, Died at 97

Jørgen Kieler was born on August 23, 1919, and died on February 19, 2017.

He was a Danish physician.

He is remembered primarily for his participation in resistance activities under the German occupation of Denmark in the early 1940s.

Along with his sister, Elsebet Kieler, Jogen published Frit Denmark or Free Denmark, an illegal newspaper.

He was a member of the Holger Danske resistance group, he helped hundreds of Danish Jews to escape to Sweden and avoid extermination.

He smuggled the last letter written by condemned resistance fighter Georg Quistgaard out of prison on May 21, 1944.

And even though he was captured by the Germans and time in a concentration camp, he returned to Denmark after the war and then completed his studies in the United States.

During 1980, he became director of research at Kræftens Bekæmpelse (the Danish Cancer Research Institute).

He wrote a number of books about the German occupation and about concentration camp syndrome.

Jørgen Kieler passed away at 97 years old.