Jan Fuchs was one of the Jews who were rescued by the Danish resistance in October 1943. He later settled in the UK, where in his last years he became a friend and mentor to the author who here recalls his life with affection and gratitude. Jews and Christians have rather different approaches to the idea of what it means to be ‘saved’. This article is a critical reflection on how this has played out in the fraught history of Jewish Christian relations, and what implications this has for their different attitudes to Holocaust commemoration.
Angela West completed an MA in 2006 at the Centre for the Study of Jewish Christian Relations (now the Woolf Institute in Cambridge). She is a member of the Hereford Jewish Community.