The Scandinavian prisoners in Neuegamme are evacuated
On the 19th of April Bernadotte arrived at Friedrichsruh were there was a feeling of depression. An order had arrived to stop the rescue action and the German liaison officer did not think the buses could continue. But later that same day an order suddenly arrived from Himmler’s
headquarters that all Scandinavians in Neuegamme were to be transported to Denmark. Further transportation to Sweden was not allowed though. Only if the fighting spread to Denmark would the prisoners be allowed to be moved to Sweden.
Source: The White Buses. The Swedish Red Cross rescue action in Germany during the Second World War – The Swedish Red Cross, Stockholm, January 2000 /Research: Agneta Greayer and Sonja Sjöstrand/Editing: Martin Wikberg Translation: Annika and Peter Hodgson